The Daily Haiku👣 – 49th Kigo, Scarf.

#TheDailyHaiku, #Senryu

black devoré scarf 
a classic piece of clothing
wonder how it's made...

©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2022.
©Black/Red/YellowDevoreScarf/Carolyn Crossley

*I thought I would answer my question (from Wikipedia).

Devoré comes from the French verb dévorer, meaning literally to devour this is where the name burnt-out fabric comes from. Burnout fabrics are thought to have originated in France, possibly as a cheap alternative to lace that could be created using caustic paste on fabric. The commercial chemical process used in fashion garments was developed in Lyon at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Devoré techniques use blended fabrics which combine protein-based fibres such as silk with cellulose-based fibres such as viscosecotton, or rayon. In order to create the ‘burnout’ pattern, a chemical gel containing sodium hydrogen sulphate is applied to the fabric in patterns, dissolving away the cellulose-based fibres and leaving behind the protein-based fibres, which are not affected by the chemical. The chemical gel may be applied either by printing or by hand painting on the fabric.

Conran is credited with popularising devoré, introducing it in 1989 and taking the technique forward in the 1990s in his main fashion line.

Conran’s most elaborate devoré fashion pieces – which were oven baked as part of the process – were time-consuming to produce and expensive to buy; in 1993, a panelled evening skirt retailed at £572 and an acid-treated shirt cost £625

Established as a Wiltshire textile printing workshop in 1981, Georgina von Etzdorf’s primary focus was on creating painterly effects on fabric. Credited with popularising the velvet scarf, she introduced devoré to the range in 1993 – having experimented with printed velvets from 1985. ©Libby Norman-Wikipedia Edited by Carolyn Crossley

©Devoré scarf showing burnt- out fabric/Carolyn Crossley