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A Silk Story

A silk story. Meab silk pillow case and eye cover.
A silk story. Meab silk pillow case and eye cover https://www.meabenamels.com/product-category/pillow-cases/

This is a Silk Story..
The oldest silk item is estimated to be 6000-7000 years old. This piece is a small ivory cup with a silkworm image on it found in China. It seems the Chinese kept the secret of silk to themselves for over 3000 years. Silk was worn by royalty and used as a currency. For hundreds of years the Chinese tried to keep their silk production a secret but it eventually got out and the famous “Silk Road” derives its name from the lucrative trade carried out along it.

Silk & Colour
The natural colour of silk is white which is a result of the Mulberry leaves from which the silk worm feeds upon. Originally in China, natural dyes from Jinzi fruits and Ochre were used to dye silk. Stunning Cobalt blue dye was created sintering cobalt oxide with Aluminium oxide. This colour was also used in ancient porcelain and continues to be as popular today. The use of vibrant colours on silk has always been an important part of its history. Historically, colours on garments represented the five elements, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. The representation of colour on silk has always been an extremely important part of Asian culture and history. For example, the colour yellow was thought to represent the earth and created a stabilizing energy. Green represented calming, healing and self assurance. Although we don’t have the same direct association with colour today, there is definitely a growing trend to add vibrant colours to an outfit in both winter and summer. A silk scarf can be the perfect way to enhance our attire and add colour.

Benefits of Silk
Not only does the tradition of using bright colours on silk lift the spirits and celebrate traditions, they have many benefits due to the nature of the material. It is no wonder the Chinese tried to keep the production of silk a secret! The fibres of silk are truly remarkable. The proteins in silk are constructed in such a way that they prevent the loss of moisture from our skin. This is extremely good news for skin & hair. If you want to read more about the benefits of silk and more about a silk story click here. If you long for smoother locks and plumper more hydrated skin, then a silk pillow case is definitely worth considering. Silk is also hypoallergenic. It does not attract dust and is a natural fungal repellent.

A healthy Treat
In a world where lots of the normal liberties have been taken away, we are in a position to be grateful for what we can do. We can enjoy the simple things and take more time for self care in the comfort of our own homes. There are few things better than the comfort of a good sleep and waking up with a fresh feeling after sleeping on a silk pillow case. Add some colour to your day and protect your skin from the elements with a silk scarf. Protect your health from bugs with a silk face mask. Silk has been revered by people for thousands of years and for good reason. Go on you deserve a treat. 🙂

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Staycation Style

Cobalt blue silk face mask

Have you emerged from your cocoon feeling a little underwhelmed style wise? Are you feeling a little more like an anxious caterpillar rather than glorious butterfly? Fear not, we are here to help you release that inner gloriousness and make you feel fabulous and safe at the same time. All of this can be achieved at a price you can afford while ‘championing green’ at the same time.

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Be Authentic , Be ‘You’ ( & get Creative!)

Introduction

Nothing is worth more than this day. This day and you being ‘you’. We all have a magic and creativity inside of us . In a world full of plastic copies and media screaming at us about the need for us to change , just be ‘you’. If you’re lost or unhappy look no further than a mirror . There lies the answer. Be authentic , be ‘you’ and wait and see what happens .

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Autumn Colours

Cuilcagh Mountain View
Autumn Views of Fermanagh and Cavan from the Cuilcagh Mountains

Autumn is upon us and we took a stroll or rather a hike through part of Irelands lesser known North West. We headed in the direction of Cavan town and Derrylin. We then swung left past Florencecourt and ended up in the beautiful Cuilcagh mountains. These wonderful mountains known as Binn Chuilceach in Irish, meaning “chalky peak” straddle the border between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Co Cavan in the Republic.
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Bloom in the Phoenix Park and other Adventures

We have been keeping busy here at Meab Enamels all Spring with work and other adventures. Summer has arrived and its time now to prepare for Bloom in the Phoenix Park which has to be one of the best gardening and horticultural shows in Europe. We will be there in the Irish Craft Village for the five days from Thursday the 1st to Monday the 5th of June. We will have a full selection of Meab Enamels Jewellery and Scarves at our stand and We would love to see you there.

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Happy New Year from Meab Enamels

Happy New Year from all of us here in Meab Enamels.
The New Year brings with it a whole raft of resolutions and promises. We all know what I’m talking about. Gyms, eat healthier, work harder, work less. The list goes on. We don’t go too mad here at Meab Enamels with this sort of thing. We are just going to try and keep the train moving along nice and smoothly. The business seems to be getting easier thankfully year after year. We are better at what we do and the organisation of all the different aspects of jewellery making is improving all the time. Experience counts for an awful lot and this helps when it comes to making decisions and taking strategic risks in a business. We will endeavour to try and be that little bit better.
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