I’ve mentioned my love of scarves several times on this site, so I was thrilled to discover Lithuanian designer Asta Masiulytė’s colorful, hand-painted collection. These lush vibrant scarves are perfect for summer and make great transition pieces for fall. You know what else is perfect for summer? A great haircut. I’ve found the most wonderful woman in Boston who did an amazing job at a ridiculous price. If you’re in the market for a great/ hidden/ no-frills Dominican salon and you’re really nice to me, I’ll hook you up with her contact info… Anyway, I digress… Back to fashion.
Asta Masiulytė was born in Lithuania, a small country on the cost of
the Baltic Sea. From an early age she watched her grandmother using
the loom to make traditional Lithuanian quilts and weaving mats out of
old clothing scraps, while her love for knit-wear came from watching
her mother work at a knitting machine. In her teenage years, Asta was
often embroidering and crocheting, her house was always full of
thread, fabric and knit wear, so it’s not surprising that later she
choose to study Textile Art at Kaunas Art Institute Vilnius Art
Academy. With the master degree in her pocket and driven by love, Asta
ended up in Spain. Here she plunged into the world of fashion and
started designing clothes. Asta Masiulyte is a designer who focuses on
the mixing of textiles and handmade details. Her priority is always
natural materials: silk, wool, and linen. At the moment Asta’s focus
is on hand painted silk scarves and their promotion. She believes that
hand painted scarves are wearable art; it is not mass production
without a human touch. Hand-work is a direct contact between a
designer and a consumer, it’s something spiritual.
Asta’s scarves’ series “Touch” was inspired by how the dye “spills
out” on the silk. This is the world of expression, watercolors, color
bursts, dynamics, layered spaces… Each layer has a deep personal
touch as silk cannot stand negligence and carelessness. Each scarf is
unique because it is impossible to reproduce exactly the same pattern.
A scarf is the expression of designer’s work and the ability of silk
to “spread” colors. The result of this is always unique and
unpredictable. Asta has a dream that one day two charming women
wearing her hand painted scarves of the same design would meet and
decide to play a “find 10 differences” game.