The silk scarf collection «leDafi» is a collaboration with the renowned Swiss typographer Dafi Kühne. In the typography scene, the artist with roots in the Glarus Alps, is considered an icon. Students travel from all over the world to his printing studio to learn how modern design can be combined with centuries-old letterpress tradition, using long-forgotten fonts and printing presses that weigh several tons.
The silk foulards in the color variations "Illuminating Yellow", "Midnight Blue" and "Luminous Red" were created out of fascination for Dafi's artistic craftwork and a shared love for precise manufacture, which had fallen out of time.
The silk scarf collection «leDafi» is hand-printed in the last Silk Screen Factory of Switzerland. In the Swiss Village of Mitlödi in Glarus, the patterns are printed on pure silk twill using the original silk-screen printing process. The hems are rolled by hand in the Swiss canton of Appenzell.
Dafi Kühne in his studio in Näfels (Glarus).
© Peter Hauser
Once upon a time, sailors brought colorful printed cottons from India to Switzerland. The oriental patterns were reinterpreted and printed on cotton squares. Mostly in the colors red and blue. The story goes, that the red of the cottons originally was made out of cow dung.
The small cottons called «Indiennes» - mainly produced in the Swiss canton of Glarus - became an export success and helped the barren mountain canton to the so-called economic miracle of Glarus. In the 19th century Glarus with more than 20 textile printing factory was one of Europe's most important fabric printing centers.
leFoulard is a silk foulard collection honoring the Swiss textile printing tradition. In the last Silk Screen Factory of Switzerland, the patterns are hand-printed on silk using the original screen printing process. .
Gunta Stölzl was the first and only female master at the Bauhaus. Groundbreakingly innovative, she wove metal threads, raffia, paper, and cellophane with wool and manipulated the looms together with her students, creating a total mindset shift at the textile design level. Gunta Stölzl’s weaving class has become the most profitable unit at Bauhaus Dessau and gained international attention.
In 1923 Stölzl created one of her most colorful and graphic designs at the Bauhaus Weimar. Strictly arranged surfaces and lines alternate with bright colors to create a magnificent overall picture. The design was originally intended for a carpet.
Original design by Gunta Stölzl, 1923 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Gunta Stölzl in her studio in Amden ©Monika Stadler
Inspired by this early work leFoulard created in close collaboration with the Gunta Stölzl Estate a colorful silk scarf collection in three basic colors «Indigo», «Coral» and «Saffron». The 10 colors are printed individually on pure silk twill using the original silk-screen printing process. Each piece is uniquely crafted by traditional manual work.