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Sarah's Path to Silk

With a vibrancy and enthusiasm for life, Sarah is like summer. That moment after warm rain, when the sky takes on a glow, and you suddenly sense, there might be a rainbow. She is a women who spends her days surrounded by and making the full spectrum of colour, with hope that families will receive the blessing of rainbow play.聽For many of us who are raising children, Sarah's Silks are as familiar an item in the home as a beeswax candle or Stockmar聽crayons. While one may not have met her in person, we all know her a little, for Sarah is exactly like the silks she makes.聽Born in New York City, and raised in Belfast, Maine, Sarah's childhood instilled that imagination play is essential for the well being of children. "I have never seen two children play so much." Her Grandmother would say, as she and her sister anchored their souls in games and make believe. More than a way to fill time, play enhances and preserves life force, and Sarah learnt聽this from an early age.聽As a young adult she became a nurse and lactation consultant, joined the Peace Corp and travelled to Guatemala. Her days in the Peace Corp were spent assisting childbirth and educating indigenous people about sanitation. 鈥淢y main goal was to teach them to put the machete in the fire, to sterilize it before they cut the umbilical cord.鈥 Sarah explains.聽It was in the Peace Corps that she met Mike聽her life partner and Dwight, her business partner. Together they bought land and started a farm,聽Frutas聽De Mondo聽(fruit of the world) and many years were spent in Guatemala absorbing the rich prism of hand loomed weaves and tropical fruits.聽While in Guatemala, Mike and Sarah started their family. With a baby on the way they decided to move to California. The birth of son Josh greatly defined the role she is in today. As a creative mother she wanted to celebrate Josh鈥檚 spirit which involved wearing costumes and putting on performances. With a friend and neighbor Ann Platz, Sarah dyed her first silks in the kitchen sink. These silks were embraced by the local Waldorf community and before long, Sarah was combining the roles of motherhood, working as a doula聽and dying silks. 鈥淲hat do you call them?鈥 Sarah McDonald of Magic Cabin asked, and Mike came up with the name, playsilks.聽Silk is imbued with folklore and stories, the spirit of silk is rich, made so by those that have been a part of the history. From the Chinese empress Leizu聽who guarded the secret of the silk worms, to the men, women and children, that travelled the silk road, one has a sense, of dedication, value, and importance from the fiber. It can be felt that it was this elemental integrity that drew Sarah to it herself.聽A fiber that is strong, fine and lustrous, silk will last when taken care of, but as a natural fiber, it will return effortlessly to the earth. It could be said, that silk can be preserved or decompose for the health of the planet. If one were to know Sarah in person, you would feel the parallel nature between her and the material she has dedicated the most part of her life to. Beyond the virtues of silk, Sarah's penchant for play, make believe and for nurturing creativity has made Sarah鈥檚 Silks a meaningful thread in the fabric of many lives.聽Thank you for being a part, of the Sarah鈥檚 Silks Community.聽By Kirsten Rickert @magnesium_blue.聽Listen to her tell the story while you watch Sarah's Silk Road (below)!

The Magic of Playsilks, with a Senorita Twist! by Katie Ro (above).聽Learn more聽about Sarah鈥檚 Silks.聽Browse Sarah's Silks.聽聽