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Ithaka Scarf

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These scarves are printed with the poem 'Ithaka' by Greek poet Constantine Cavafy. It’s a poem which has inspired me since I was given the collected poems by C.P. Cavafy as a present in 1984.

I discovered that although Cavafy died in 1933, the copyright resided with one of the two surviving translators - Professor Edmund Keeley. I wrote to him via Princeton University in the U.S. At the time it felt like a shot in the dark, but to my great surprise Professor Keeley and Princeton University Press Permissions Department, granted me a licence to print the poem onto a limited edition of scarves.

I had permission to print twenty scarves but in the end, because of time constraints, printed just eleven scarves.

The design and colours are inspired by the poem and the North Devon coastline where I live and work & the colour of each of these scarves is a unique shade of blue. Every scarf is printed in a single colour although screen-printed using three silk screens.

To read the poem Ithaka along with an insightful description of its meaning by Maria Gonzales De Leon. Copy and paste the link below into your browser:


100% Woven Cashmere
Hand printed in Devon by Sam Pickard
200 cms x 70 cms (approx)

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