● What does “Kasumisou” mean?
“Kasumisou” is the name of both our charity foundation and our e-commerce business.
It is a Japanese word comprised of two characters when written. Those characters are “kasumi” 霞 which, when standing alone, means “mist” or “haze” and “sou” 草 which means “grass.”
When combined to form a single word – 霞草 – we can translate these two characters literally as “misty grass” but, in fact, “kasumisou” is the name in Japanese for the tiny white flowers which, in English, we call “baby’s breath.”
Click below to view a very brief video showing the correct manner of writing our name in Japanese.
Our handwoven Cambodian silk scarves gain their unique iridescence from the use of contrasting warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) thread colors. Even our solid color scarves which appear to be woven from just a single color of thread are, in fact, comprised of at least two contrasting three colors and it is the contrast between those colors which gives the scarves their iridescence.
Full spectrum light such as natural sunlight is especially effective at bringing out changes in the colors of the silk threads as the light hits them from different angles. All of our handwoven Cambodian silk scarves display at least some degree of iridescence but our beetlewing and dragonfly scarves are named specifically because of their strong iridescence under changing light conditions.