This jacket is inspired by the title of an exhibition which celebrated 10 years of the Ballarat Textile Network, a group to which I belong.
· The materials used in this garment are Habutai silk with a pure cotton lining.
· Patches of rainbow colours where applied to the silk, then it was steamed to fix the colours.
· Then material was then wrapped around a pipe and bound with string.
· The string had been dipped into dye and was used whilst it was wet for the binding which allowed the dye on the string to transfer onto the material
· This method was used several times each time the material was unwrapped allowed to dry and then rebound with wet string.
· This created the cross hatching on the material.
· The sleeves are created by strips of various silk that was leftover from the hemming of other projects. This was laid across Solvay material, stitched and then the Solvay was washed out to leave an open weave of material.
· This method was also used for the front and back panels of the large waistband of the jacket.
· The cuffs of the sleeves are lined with very stiff lining to hold the sleeves open and to give shape to the sleeves