HANDCRAFTED BY MARTHA MCQUADE — Kettle, Hand-dyed Cotton Scarf in Lavender

This is it!

The perfect scarf that adds just the right splash of lush color — cool lavender — to summer tops, and it doubles as your go-to light wrap for those soft evening breezes. 

And, this original work of art you can wear was handcrafted by noted clothing and textile designer Martha McQuade.

This cloud-soft scarf has a very open, textural weave of fine threads, with distressed, raw edges. The fabric also has very nice bounce to it. The scarf has been soaked and dyed by hand in a kettle of cold water with water-based dye. Just look at that color! Oooh!

Once the hand-dyed fabric is dry, it is cut into a scarf size, which in this case is a long and very versatile 24" inches wide X 108" long. The size works well wrapped many times or just a few, and tied or worn long and loose.

Kettle dyeing in small batches with water-based dyes gives the fabric its rich and mottled appearance. Because each scarf is dyed in small dye lots, slight color variation will occur from batch to batch. You also will be glad to know that Martha uses low environmental impact materials and methods whenever possible. 

This truly is a beautiful and versatile scarf that not only looks great, but also feels great to touch and to wear. It will quickly become your favorite scarf that you reach for time after time after time! 

Check out the photos below to get an idea of this scarf's overall size and style. Move your cursor each photo to see details close up. Note that colors are approximate and may show up slightly different on your computer screen. 

And if you love this scarf, make sure to check out the other Martha McQuade scarf we have in a beautiful chartreuse

PLEASE MAKE NOTE: Because of the nature of the scarf's hand-dyed fabric, it is highly recommended that you hand wash (with gentle soap) and air dry it, away from direct sunlight. Martha does not use a chemical-based, commercial dye, so there may be some bleeding, during the first couple of washes. The bleeding — not fading — is very similar to what happens when washing an new pair of jeans.


  • Material: Cotton - cloud soft, with open textural weave of fine threads and raw, distressed edges
  • Process: Hand-dyed and kettle-dyed in small batches with water-based dye
  • Size: 24" inches wide X 108" inches long. Scarf can be wrapped many times, or just a few to be worn long and loose. it also is a wonderful size for a feather-light shawl.
  • Handcrafted: by Martha McQuade in Minnesota
  • Trained as an architect, Martha is a Minneapolis-based Mom, designer of clothing and textiles and a teacher.

    Her eye for design and texture — clean and simple with a bohemian touch — has earned her notable accolades. She was selected by Martha Stewart as one of the first American Made artisans, and in 2013, TIME magazine picked Martha as one of the Top 30 Pinterest pinners to follow as curators for food, fashion, geek, design and weddings.

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