Wind of Change
Prehistoric pottery fragments from the Ghar Dalam phase, kindly loaned to Saz Mifsud by the University of Malta, Department of Classics and Archaeology.
The fabrics in turn took on a special meaning for Mifsud, which she has immortalised in her silk designs. Holding a piece of pottery created such a long time ago makes her feel connected with the past peoples of her country in a curious, soul-stirring way. “I am inspired to bring these textures into the present and use the microscopic imagery as a starting point to create the designs you see before you today,” muses Mifsud.
Low resolution microscope image showing a cross-section through a prehistoric pottery fragment.
The designer took the collection’s name, Sirocco, from the warm Saharan wind that frequently drifts over the Mediterranean Sea. Just like the wind, Mifsud’s imagination took flight as she used the extraordinary microscopic patterns to populate her collection. In her mind’s eye she saw the tiny dust particles fly in the wind, hoping to be given new life as they were turned into clay and moulded into shape by a crafty potter.
In this way, owners of Mifsud’s silk designs will have their own link with the past, and the future too. In Mifsud’s words: “The silks they are printed on will outlive their maker, just like the pottery fragments before them did, connecting generations through time,” muses Mifsud.
Fossilia Silk Shawl: if you look closely, you might spot elements from the microscope image above in this design.
So, be it a flowing scarf to drape around your shoulders, an eye-catching hairband to give your look a touch of class, a dash of colour for your ponytail’s scrunchie or a striking silk bag with a bold, beaded strap, the Sirocco collection offers to connect its wearers to past and future in luxurious silk drapery.
Special thanks to Dr John C. Betts, engineer and senior lecturer at the Department of Classics and Archaeology of the University of Malta. Dr Betts teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students and researches pottery fabrics. His work includes the coordination of the EU-funded Maltpot project and the CoFIPoMS project.