Read what Mary Green has to say on recycling the silk scraps from her gorgeous pieces to make into beautiful, reworked thongs.
“Centuries ago silk was so valuable that quantities of it, even in the form of draperies, were left to family and valued friends in a person’s will!! I believe it was equated with gold. I wonder if that is what the Chinese factories that I have visited over time had in mind in keeping so many remnants and end bolts of silk. Someone there told me it was their “bank account.” Except I noted over the years that mostly it just stayed there. And here we were printing more of it. So I thought that it would be a wonderful thing to offer to buy much of these small pieces (and leftover, already dyed elastic) and make them into panties. Some pieces are as small as one meter. We, together, devised a method of hand cutting each panty and have tried to assure that each one is different – and the wilder the better – by assuring that we have at least 4 prints or colors in each one. And so the birth of our new eco-panty came about. I feel that each panty is a one of a kind jewel and a testament to my passion for sustainable enterprise.