Sun. Rain. Mulberry leaf. 5,000 years of breeding and Bombyx mori, domestic silkmoth, mother of gossamer conjurers: the silkworms. From these are woven the first strands of Brajoh’s story…

 


The seed of an idea for a scarf sprouts, takes root and unfurls across the computer screen.

When it does, there is work.
Rework.
For hours.
Weeks.
Months.
Until a composition feels worthy of the silkworms’ exquisite turnings.

 

The silk itself then,
having navigated the globe,
is carefully considered.


No wonder emperors guarded it jealously.

Weighing the samples of Asia’s premier silk weavers in my palm,
as if holding light itself
to determine which ray is truest.
One is chosen.
A marvel.

 

How to imprint such light with a vision?
The world’s most precise silk printers.
In service to the world’s most demanding fashion houses,
they translate pixels into wearable translucence.

In Italy and Great Britain,
color
clarity and alignment
are tested and retested.

Across the sea and back again,
samples spill across the table.

Again, a selection.
The final silken canvases return
brilliant and raw-edged,
awaiting a frame
that yet another pair of masterful hands
will bring to life:
the seamstress.

 

In a sunlit room,
she bends over her handiwork,
needle in hand.

Such concentration.
Bees heavy with pollen
orbit magnolias outside her window,
unrushed.

Fabric folds into itself
and an intricate rolled hem
appears around the perimeter
of each piece.

Slow,
methodical thread traversing a cloud…
One.
Delicate.
Suture.
After. Another.

 

The meticulous finishing detail complete,
each Brajoh piece arrives
for final inspection
after nearly a year’s worth of travel.

Just one last journey to make:
the one that brings it to your doorstep.


The package opens.
Light.
Mist.
Sky.
Spun just for you.

And the next chapter of this story begins.


After graduating Rhode Island School of Design, John Murphy pursued three decades of artistic endeavor ranging from works on paper to internet destinations for a multitude of well-known brands. As designer and founder of Brajoh, he brings the skills once demanded of designing for ephemera to sublime objects intended to last a lifetime.