Inspired by the traditional Icelandic cloak, Shahini is working to incorporate Varafeldur in her designs instead of sheep’s fleece alone. Varafeldur is a combination of Icelandic wool, sheep’s fleece, and thread, woven together on a warp weighted loom.
Shahini learned this technique during her 2020 residency at the Icelandic Textile Center in Blondus, Iceland. Shahini is fascinated with the sense of tradition and how to integrate this material with her own aesthetic history. “I wanted to honor my heritage by doing a Varafeldur with sheep’s fleece in the shape of a map of Jamaica,” she says.
Stay tuned for Shahini’s upcoming designs with Varafeldur!