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Heather Taylor’s Handmade Scarves Are Delightfully Down to Earth

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Heather Taylor

Amid an ever-growing dependence on technology, machines, and automated production, a small subset of brands are carving their own niche, celebrating the appeal of true handmade craftsmanship. Heather Taylor is a powerful player in that movement, expanding upon her well-received line of table linens with a new collection of handwoven scarves. “Mexico has such a rich history of handmade textiles, which has inspired me since my first time visiting,” the L.A.-based designer said of a trip south of the border, where she discovered remarkably skilled weavers poring over intricate rug designs. Spending time with these craftsmen in Chiapas, Taylor discovered an untapped outlet of artistry and a match between their talent and the ever-growing desire for handmade detailing.

Priced at $158, the lightweight, gauzy foulards are 100 percent cotton, making them the perfect feel and texture for summer. The earthy, tonal shades are a welcome reprieve, with subtle accents of colored details, a nod to the sunsets in Baja and the hills around Ojai, California, which continue to influence Taylor’s work. “We take inspiration from traditional techniques, both weaving and hand-embroidery, yet create designs that are modern,” she explained, adding that she hopes this scarf project is just her first foray into wearables. “The goal is to always be fresh, with hints of something familiar.”

Heather Taylor scarves are available at Clare V., Mohawk General Store, Mille, and online at heathertaylorhome.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Jeana Sohn

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