For most of us, being wild at work is a surefire way to end up sans job. But for hard-working silk worms, being wild is actually a professional boon. For proof, look no further than San Francisco-based Venn and its wild silk scarves.
Designer and California College of the Arts grad Zara Marin Franks uses only 100 percent Tussah silk in the lightweight spring and summer scarves she makes by hand.
“This means the worm isn’t harmed as in regular silk production, and the fibers are shorter, giving the yarn a unique texture and luster,” Franks tells us.
Working with yarn spun in Japan and hand-dyed in the Bay Area, Franks found inspiration for the color palettes in her latest collection ($122-$168) from San Francisco spots such as Alamo Square Park.
Photography by Matthew Nellen
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