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marec (Mary Carroll ) Category: cotton

This tunic, made from Simplicity 3786 View C, reflects my love for the Southwest desert. The oatmeal color of the osnaburg fabric is the same color found on the desert floor at first glance. Looking closer one can see flecks of mica, copper and sandstone in the dirt. Like the desert floor, looking closer at the tunic, you can see the subtle colors of gold, silver
and sage in the silk screening. The grid pattern suggests the inner structures found in old ocotillo cacti, and the dots represent the flecks of copper ore which are visible in arroyos.

Many details in the desert are hidden by the full sun, and only appear when the light softens. I included a fringe, made from selvage, to soften the strong lines of this garment I chose osnaburg because of its tough, workmanlike history, and because a fabric which was used for feed sacks was just the right fabric for a desert tunic. In the past, osnaburg was made
from flax, but this particular fabric is 100% cotton osnaburg from Jo-Ann's Fabrics.