Hand painted silk scarves

“Obake Anthuriums” on stretcher bars

2022 – Scarves are sold out. Line of scarves in new sizes and designs are by commissions only.

June 2019 – 

Scarves, écharpes, sukāfu, bufandas….

Each 100% China silk scarf is individually hand-painted in my home studio that leads to our make-shift storage room next to our garage.

I learned the art of silk painting from Greg Dipiazza at the Hūi No`eau in Hāliimaile, Maui, Hawai`i many moons ago. A few years later, I opened a shop named “Island Living” in the old Kahului Shopping Center. 150 yards of my hand-painted canvas upholstery graced the entire lobby of the Kapalua Bay Hotel. Pua Pillows and wall hangings enhanced many residences and commercial spaces throughout the United States, New Zealand, and Canada. See Artists of Maui. SUMAC Publishing. 1985. pp 44-45.

Today, my scarves are designed so that when they are folded, tied, wrapped, rolled or draped they will not lose the beauty and flow of nature while they compliment you. 


I  paint with French Dupont dyes and resists (the best in the industry) on 100% Chinese Silks—habotai, satin silk, silk charmeuse, or crepe de chine. The entire process takes 6-10 hours per scarf.

Georgia O’keeffe at 90 years old keeps an eye on me.


After painting, the scarves are placed in a steam bath for three hours, then hand washed in gentle detergent to permanently set the dyes to prevent bleeding or fading.

Yes, I used a real steamer…until the commercial fabric steamer arrived.

I reuse my designs, but no two are alike in their color and placement schemes. Each has its unique artistic qualities. Imagine a watercolor with its own mind, especially when the dyes decide to disperse beyond my control.


At the moment, these scarves are photographed at home with our Iphones, and family members are recruited as models. The photos are taken in natural sunlight and not enhanced. 

My daughter, Pua and I are wearing scarves at the Carson City Farmers Market.

Silk is a protein, like hair. Wash in cold water with gentle detergent, such as your shampoo. Rinse thoroughly then iron with the setting on silk. Scarves with gold resist should be ironed from the back or with a thin towel over it. With care, your scarf could last a lifetime.

“Waterlilies” painted in 1994. NFS.

Stove-top steamer arrived to replace the bamboo steamer.

Shipping/Handling is with USPS Priority 3-day within the U.S.A. and its territories. International shipping rates are based on location. 

I accept returns within seven days of delivered parcel for the U.S.A. or a month if overseas. Please send an email to jpiascarlin@gmail.com with “return” as the subject and a brief valid reason. Your payment will be refunded via venmo or paypal.com as soon as the returned scarf is received at our address.

By mauiwriter


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