Scented Fabric

June 24, 2015

In one of my many experiments in weaving, I created this fabric with the addition of small roots from an amazing plant called vetiver. A non-descript looking grass which is often planted to prevent erosion, it grows in abundance where we live in Costa Rica.

vetiver roots
I dug some up and cleaned the roots, which are  deliciously fragrant.  It is a deep, earthy scent a little  reminiscent of patchouli or sandalwood.  It is traditional in Indonesia to weave mats with vetiver, and even to hang them as screens, as the wind moving through them releases the scent.

 

I will definitely be making more of these, and currently am designing a door panel for our home that is under construction in Costa Rica.