Shawl with amber threads

Latvijas Valsts prezidents Andris Bērziņš

President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš.  Photos: Kaspars Garda

Scarf with amber fibers
The first such scarf was made just two month ago - the order came from the Chancery of the Latvian President, which was preparing for the visit of the Queen Silvia of Sweden.
In Oder to fulfill this order, we turned to knitwear factory in Ogre (Latvia), because of its technological capabilities. This factory has the highest class textile machines. Our order was carried out on machine called Shima Seiki. Scarf was made by jacquard weave, although for pattern incomplete jacquard weave was used combining amber composite threads with cashmere in each row. Jacquard weave was chosen because of its properties, edges of material don’t twist, both sides are knitted together; jacquard weave prevents the release of a loop and has stable form. In addition to the stability of form, after thermofixation of scarf and special gloss is given by composite amber fibers AMBELIKA®. Cashmere fibers as basis for scarf were used in order to obtain soft texture and scarf was able to keep warmth.
Design of scarf’s design also has been carefully thought out. As scarf’s decoration was chosen the symbolic pattern from the Nine Prong Tiara of Queen Silvia (Sweden).

The Nine Prong Tiara of Queen Silvia (Sweden)

The Nine Prong Tiara of Queen Silvia (Sweden) (source: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=6982.0)

A small amber jewelry attached to the scarf is made of natural Baltic amber engraved with letters A and J (brand abbreviation). Pattering technique eglomise is survived to nowadays, is obtained by engraving on the opposite side of the amber plate followed by coating of engravings with silver amalgam. Eglomise technique appeared in the XIII century in Rome, today is revived, and Baltic masters start to use this technique.
Amber composite fibers have good compatibility with other types of yarn and most importantly, fibers can be dyed in any color.
To Latvian President Andris Berzins dark-blue scarf was presented. As scarf ornament became a traditional tracery of Latgale.