Join the fabulous ladies of If Only…a fine store this First Friday for a one-of-a-kind event. On Friday, If Only will feature a collection of silk scarves crafted by the Khatri Brothers of western India.
Rebecca Morse and Georjean Seeliger, owners of If Only, attend the International Folk Art Market at the Dallas Market Center every June. During the annual trip, the pair take pains to curate the work of one or more artists, bringing back the finest items for their customers back in Fairbanks.
“Each scarf is unique,” Morse added.
Abduljabbar and Abdullah Khatri, makers of the scarves, use vegetable dyes in their work. The brothers involve their friends and community members in the process of making the scarves. The Khatri Brothers also received a UNESCO Award of Excellence for their work.
“We loved meeting Abduljabbar and talking with him,” Morse said. The scarves -or bandhani – are made by plucking the vibrantly colored cloth with ones fingernails in order to make numerous tiny bindings that then form the design. The scarves can be worn by both men and women.
“We were taken with the depth of color of the fabrics and the quality of the work of the Khatri brothers,” said Morse. “We hand-selected 13 pieces especially with our Fairbanks customers in mind.”
The evening will also include refreshments and a door prize drawing for a $25.00 gift card.
Interested parties can RSVP to the event on Facebook.
September 1, 5-8PM