Kentucky-made wearables will fight the chill this holiday season

This year, I’m all about handmade wearables. I recently purchased a unique hand-woven poncho from Maiken Ischiel Young and I can’t wait to wear it to a festive holiday function this month. Maiken also has simple, thick and soft woven scarves, to keep the winter chill away.

I purchased wearables as gifts, too: beautiful silk scarves by Laverne Zabielski and Judy Kushner for my mom and stepmom (who I hope don’t read this!). Laverne’s scarves are dyed in rich, vibrant hues that really pop when worn. She sometimes uses a felt loom and combines felt with silk, for a more substantial scarf. Judy’s colors are lovely and subtle. I chose a scarf in a burn-out pattern that gives it added texture and dimension. A simple scarf doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and it adds special flair to an outfit.

Another unique item, and a popular gift in my family, is Mary Lamb Nehring’s brightly dyed bamboo knit socks. I have given several pairs of these socks as gifts and the recipients always tell me they are their favorite socks. They are thick and wonderfully soft and dyed in fun colors.

Whether you’re looking for something small and simple, something warm and cozy, or something unique and stylish, Kentucky fiber artists have lots to offer!

Kate Sprengnether
Public art and design director


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