“This puff of pongé silk is dedicated to the women of Salento” shares Claudia Franco, artisan-maker of this precious scarf.
In “Farfalla del Salento” the artist uses the sobriety of black to convey the loss of a loved one. Though sombre in its tone, Claudia also brings lightness imbuing blackness with a palette of intense greens and blues that evoke the beauty of her land washed by the waves crashing to shore.
By succumbing to Nature, a power greater than ourselves, pain abates, filling up an otherwise empty heart with joy. A powerful work that embraces the dichotomy of life, it defines the resilience of the women of Salento.
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Dimensions: H 130 L 207 cm / H 51 L 82 inches
Initially it was rather difficult to come to grips with the sombre tone of Claudia Franco’s “Farfalla del Salento”, literally “Butterfly from Salento”; but with her input we awakened to the beauty of her art. For life is a series of twists and turns, and how we navigate them is entirely up to us.
Claudia, who now resides in Milan, spent her youth in Salento, an ancient land that she carries in her heart. There she honed her powers of observation, and where she leaned into life.
Her ensuing openness feeds her creativity and makes her an exceptional artist, as do the decades spent behind the scenes mastering her craft.
More than a sincere effort “Farfalla del Salento” imbued with her maker’s soul is a scarf to treasure.
About the Designer
Since her early years in Lecce and Turin Italy, Claudia Franco has been enthralled by the touch and feel of textiles, seduced by their colour and inspired by their natural beauty. Mastering the traditional techniques including Shibari, fine-tuning the old method of fixing steam by angling pots, Claudia added her elegant touch of her paint brushes on pure silk.
“One does not work on silk, one works with silk,” says Claudia. “Silk is a living thing; it guides you and your hands, and together in spiritual union, thousands of colour shades emerge.”
A relationship so heartfelt, respectful and intense cannot help but create wraps, scarves, foulards, and tunics that enchant everyone from discerning clients to overly demanding art gallerists.
In her workshop in Milano, where she has resided for many years, Claudia Franco now creates an exclusive line for The Italian Collection (TIC).