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Scarves with Soul: A Textile Designer Gives the Gift of Warmth

Magazine article Sunset

Scarves with Soul: A Textile Designer Gives the Gift of Warmth

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Bolts of red and orange Italian virgin wool surround Hiroko Kurihara in the downstairs studio of her Oakland home. "This one is called Flow," says the up-and-coming textile designer, handling one of her scarves sewn in waves of blue and pale green. "It has to do with my own creative flow. I had to let this fabric speak for itself and trust myself in forging new ground as a business."

While a story lies behind most of Kurihara's pieces, the social philosophy of her business fires her passion for her work. She calls it the Blanket Shares Project: With every purchase, a scarf or blanket is donated to someone less fortunate, including the homeless, victims of domestic abuse, and youth getting off the streets. "This is a tangible way of feeling the warmth of giving," she says. "It's about building connections between people and their different lives."

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Having grown up in New Jersey, Kurihara went to New York to get her start in the industry. …

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