Zarif Design Islamic Floral Printed Oblong Silk Scarf

Designer: Zarif Design
Creative Director: Madeline Weinrib

Materials: 100% silk
Dimensions: 70 x 15 3/4 in
Origin: Made in Afghanistan
Care: Dry clean

This elegant silk scarf adapts the motif on a Turkish dish (ca. 1560) made in the celebrated Iznik kilns. Emblazoned with exquisitely embellished white flowers on a rich blue base, this exceptional ceramic work in The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection exemplifies the Ottoman practice of painting white on blue instead of the more familiar blue-on-white style of pottery. Flowers radiating from a single source was a traditional Chinese design, which the artisan who crafted this dish has gorgeously reinterpreted.

Kabul- and New York City–based label Zarif Design is on a mission to transform the way Afghanistan is perceived. With collections inspired by the nation's sublime landscapes, exquisite architecture, and rich heritage, Zarif is about celebration through design and empowerment through craft. Each unique garment is created by local weavers, tailors, and embroiderers whose traditions and talents are endangered by mass production, and reinterprets distinctively Afghan fashions for a contemporary clientele.

Produced for The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in partnership with Madeline Weinrib, creative director for The Heirloom Project.

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