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Silkhorse is an artisan silk scarf line that celebrates the equine spirit while preserving a disappearing craft from the textile world.
109 backers pledged $53,688 to help bring this project to life.
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Silkhorse celebrates the exceptional spirit of the horse, an animal aura providing clarity and confidence to step through obstacles and overcome challenges in life and style. 

Combining Eastern and Western worlds the intention behind Silkhorse was to create a line of elegant silk scarves adorned with imaginative and innovative equine designs inspired from Hindu scripture and 19th century illustrations of horses in America and Europe. The project bridges modern and traditional technologies from its conceptual roots in Kentucky to a unique design process and artistic collaboration spanning seven seas to the Indian subcontinent. 

Silkhorse is also a tribute to the vanishing art of printing on textiles by hand using the traditional silkscreen process – a form of craftsmanship that is swiftly fading from manufacturing units throughout India in favor of digital methods of printing on fabrics.

We have been working for over 2 years developing and fine-tuning the Silkhorse collection. At this stage the silkscreens have been made and tested and prototypes have been created for all 13 scarves in our inaugural line. The success of this project will allow us to saddle up and ride into full scale production on this exciting equine scarf series. 

  • Kentucky Monthly magazine | October 2016 Feature  >>  LINK HERE
  • Equestrian Stylist | Equestrian Accessories Feature  >> LINK HERE
  • Elite Equestrian magazine | Equestrian Lifestyle >> LINK HERE
  • Equestrian Living magazine | Essentials Style >> LINK HERE

 

To support our project and bring it to life, we're offering the Silkhorse scarves for purchase as our Kickstarter Rewards. Each scarf will be hand-printed via the traditional silkscreen process and finished with hand-rolled-and-sewn edges at our family owned-and-operated factory in Mumbai, India.

 

By becoming a Silkhorse backer and riding with us along the journey you are helping to preserve the artisanal craft of silkscreen printing by hand. Your contribution will also have a direct impact on the livelihoods of women, men, and entire families that live in the village communities surrounding our factory. 

With your help, we can take the Silkhorse collection from prototype to inventory, and then further forward into our next planning phases - shawls, stoles, and an elegant men’s pocket square line!

About the Silkhorse Artists

Payal Parekh Bugbee is the founder of Parekh Bugbee, an online boutique offering elegant, homespun artisan made apparel.  

Keith Auerbach is a celebrated visual artist and native of Louisville, Kentucky. He is an award winning photographer and member artist of Pyro Gallery.

Bharat Parekh of Mumbai, India, is a self-taught textile designer and manufacturer of premium fine-printed silks for the last 45 years. He began his printing business literally from a cardboard box and without any formal training in textiles or design.  He went on to build a textile factory of his own and receive world class recognition for his prints, color combinations and innovative design skill. Bharat is the father of Payal Parekh Bugbee.

 

 

ALL SILKHORSE SCARVES PRODUCED ARE:

  • Made on all natural silk
  • Printed using 100% natural acetic dyes
  • Crafted every step by hand using the traditional silkscreen printing process
  • Hand-washed manually at every stage and dried in natural sunlight
  • Ethically made by skilled artisans
  • Made without the use of harsh chemicals
  • Eco-friendly with zero waste in the production process

For more details on sizes and technical information please click HERE

 

  

 

 

What is so special about these scarves?

We feel that fashion should be less about the status or expense of a product, but more focused on the story behind the making of each individual product. Our commitment is to bring forward the human dimension that undergirds each scarf that we make. Not only by spotlighting the artisan quality and beauty of the final product, but also by appreciating the fine details and hard work that went into making it.

Technological advances in our modern age have pushed most of our wearable products into being made in mass production facilities where immense industrial machines crank out endless identical runs. It is efficient, and it cuts costs. What is missing is the human touch. The history attached to the product itself. Many traditional textile factories the world over are now struggling just to keep their doors open. Jobs are lost and along with them the know-how, skills and techniques passed on through generations. The meticulous skill employed through the hand printing process dates back several decades in India. It is an integral part of our culture. We believe that there is great value in maintaining the connection between the items that we wear and the human hands that made them. 

In our factory each scarf takes nearly 3 weeks to print and finish completely. Each scarf is touched by at least 15 pairs of hands. Touched by people who have put their skill and attention to intricate detail day in and day out. These fabrics (in the form beautiful Sillkhorse scarves) honor this human dimension and celebrate a tradition in the textile world that is slowly but surely disappearing.  

Take a quick tour of our factory!

Click on the video below and observe the process of laying natural color dyes on pure silk stretched over steam wax tables through the traditional silkscreen process.

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In exchange for your support/contribution(s) you will be the first to receive the exciting first edition of original handmade Silkhorse scarves  Funding levels are illustrated below and also in the Reward boxes above. If scarves just aren’t your thing, yet you'd like to support our endeavor, you can contribute any amount by clicking “Support This Project” at the top of this page. 

Please scroll below for detailed photographs of Silkhorse greeting cards and fine art photographic prints

 

 

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Rewards "Get In The Saddle!" + "Grab The Reins!" - Silkhorse designs Greeting Card Sets

 

 

Reward "Photo Finish!" - Fine Art Photographic Prints ( 11x14 inches )

Print #1 - "Eye to eye" by Geoff Oliver Bugbee

 Print #2 - "Centaur" by Keith Auerbach

 Original Silkhorse production floor Paper Prints - "Gold Medal!" + "Winner's Circle!" Rewards

 

 

Important Details for Silkhorse Backers

Within a couple days after the campaign has concluded, you will be emailed a survey where you’ll provide us with your scarf style/color choices and your mailing address so we know what to send you and where to send it.  We expect to ship all of our rewards by mid-February 2017.

 

Risks and challenges

We have been working for 2+ years on the Silkhorse collection and have successfully constructed the necessary screens for printing all 13 scarves in the inaugural line. Prototypes have been completed. Since all of the scarves are produced in our own family factory, we have the unique ability to directly manage quality and carry out full production on schedule.

Sourcing for the natural silk fabrics for production has been finalized. The fabric generally takes 30 to 40 days to arrive at our factory. At that time, we then move into full production of the Silkhorse scarves. Seasonal climate changes are a definite variable in the textile manufacturing process these days, as unpredictable weather can affect printing and drying. Our scarves are made using natural dyes and are dried under direct sunlight. In phases of washing, hand rolling, and final finishing, there is always a 10% chance of color variation – a slight detail that makes the scarves unique and one-of-a-kind in their own special way.

Once we have completed a (fingers-crossed) successful Kickstarter campaign, we will be sending out order forms to our backers via email to specify their choice and type of scarves. We will then personally travel to our factory in India for the production and monitoring of all the necessary details to fulfill the rewards. We will be also posting regular updates from the production floor giving our Silkhorse supporters a real-time glimpse at handmade artisanal craftwork in action.

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    Ears Up!

    THANK YOU for helping us bring the Silkhorse scarf series to life. Receive the latest updates and ride with us. We are grateful for your support!

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    Get in the Saddle!

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    Grab the Reins!

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    Photo Finish!

    You will receive one original fine art photographic horse print of your choice. (see Rewards section below). Prints will be sleeved and signed by the photographer. Dimensions of print 11X14 - ready to mat and frame.

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    Silkhorse CREPE silk scarf

    You will receive (1) Silkhorse CREPE silk scarf of your choice at a special Kickstarter rate.

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    Silkhorse TWILL silk scarf

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    (2) CREPE

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    Signature Limited Edition scarf

    You will receive (1) Silkhorse Limited Edition Signature TWILL silk Scarf at a special Kickstarter rate. Collector series of 300 only.

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    (1) CREPE + (1) TWILL

    You will receive (1) Silkhorse CREPE silk scarf of your choice + (1) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarf of your choice. This amount reflects a special Kickstarter rate of 10% off.

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    Expected future retail $670

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    (3) CREPE

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    (2) TWILL

    You will receive (2) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarves of your choice. This amount reflects a special Kickstarter rate of 10% off.
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    Expected future retail $770

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    (4) CREPE

    You will receive (4) Silkhorse CREPE silk scarves of your choice. This amount reflects a special Kickstarter rate of 10% off.
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    (3) TWILL

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    (5) CREPE

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    (2) CREPE + (2) TWILL

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    (6) CREPE

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    (4) TWILL

    You will receive (4) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarves of your choice. This amount reflects a special Kickstarter rate of 10% off.
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    (3) CREPE + (3) TWILL

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    (5) TWILL

    You will receive (5) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarf of your choice. This amount reflects a special Kickstarter rate of 10% off.
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    (6) TWILL

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    (4) CREPE + (4) TWILL

    You will receive (4) Silkhorse CREPE silk scarves of your choice + (4) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarves of your choice. This amount reflects a special Kickstarter rate of 10% off.

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    Expected future retail $2,680

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    (5) CREPE + (5) TWILL

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    (6) CREPE + (6) TWILL

    You will receive ALL (6) Silkhorse CREPE silk scarves of your choice + ALL (6) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarves of your choice. This amount reflects a special Kickstarter rate of 10% off.

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    Gold Medal!

    You will receive:
    • ALL (6) Silkhorse CREPE silk scarves
    • ALL (6) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarves
    • The Silkhorse Limited Edition Signature Scarf
    • ALL (9) Original Design Silkhorse Greeting Cards
    • (1) 6”x 6” original hand-printed silk fabric swatch from the Silkhorse series manufacturing unit production floor in India
    • (2) Fine Art Photographic Horse Prints signed by the artists (ready to frame)
    • (1) Original Silkhorse production floor Paper Print (ready to frame)

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    Winner's Circle!

    You will receive:
    • ALL (6) Silkhorse CREPE silk scarves
    • ALL (6) Silkhorse TWILL silk scarves
    • The Silkhorse Limited Edition Signature Scarf
    • ALL (9) Original Design Silkhorse Greeting Cards
    • (1) 6”x 6” original hand-printed silk fabric swatch from the Silkhorse series manufacturing unit production floor in India
    • (2) Fine Art Photographic Horse Prints signed by the artists (ready to frame)
    • (1) Original Silkhorse production floor Paper Print (ready to frame)
    • Dinner with Silkhorse co-designers Payal Parekh Bugbee and Keith Auerbach at your home location (US only)

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Funding period

- (30 days)