SEVEN RAVENS 2
ONCE UPON A TIME ...
there lived parents with their seven sons. One day, their mother was baking them bread. But they all just screamed and annoyed her. They kept begging her for the bread, until she couldn’t take it anymore. „I wish you all turned into ravens!“ she shouted. At once, all seven boys grew feathers and wings and flew away. When their mother realized what happened, she began wailing and moaning, but it was too late. In time, mother and father overcame their sadness and were blessed with child once again. A daughter was born, they named her Bohdanka. Girl kept growing like a weed. There was a chest in their room, which Bohdanka was forbidden to open. She was very curious, until one day, she couldn’t help herself and she peeked inside. She saw seven men’s shirts. She asked her parents who they belonged to and they confessed what had happened so many years ago. Bohdanka decided to go and look for her brothers.
She journeyed for a long time, yet found no traces of her siblings. Finally, the Sun itself offered her help. When she found her brothers, they were beaming with happiness. They were glad that they found each other. Brothers were glad to hear some news from home. Bohdanka wished to break the curse over them very much. Ravens told her that she has to tailor linen shirt for each of them. She has to process the linen herself and not speak a word the whole time. Brothers brought her to a cave, so she could work on shirts at peace.
One day, a king rode around in a royal carriage and he saw Bohdanka. He fell in love with her, took her to his castle and enabled her to continue her work there. All his subjects loved Bohdanka, except for king’s sister. Some time has passed. There was a war and king had to go and fight. Meanwhile, Bohdanka gave birth to a son, but king’s evil sister stole him, threw him out a window and placed a kitten in the crib instead. She accussed Bohdanka of witchcraft and sentenced her to death. When they were taking her to her execution, she was just finishing the last shirt. She called for her brothers at the last moment. They flew to her, Bohdanka threw the shirts on them and all seven ravens turned back into humans. Only the last one kept a wing, since she didn’t finish one sleeve in time. When the king returned from battle, Bohdanka explained everything to him. King punished his evil sister accordingly. Brothers returned back home to their parents and Bohdanka lived with the king happily ever after in their castle.
Based on a fairy tale by Božena Němcová
ZUZANA ČUPOVÁ, AUTHOR OF ILLUSTRATION
ZUZANA ABOUT HERSELF
"I come from a small unknown village under Beskid Mountains and I study at Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín for five years now. I’m intersted in everything that has to do with drawing – comics, illustrations, character design, even painting furniture. Because I’m usually forced to spent long hours in front of a computer, I like to draw traditionally in my spare time, mostly with crayons, ink or watercolours. I used watercolours in work on my scarves’ designs as well. Draft for ravens’ scarf is inspired by Czech and Slovak folk costumes, folk arts and illustrations by Josef Lada (stylized figures, originating in figural folk embroidery – wedding banners, ornaments similar to folk costume patterns etc.). Inspiration for ‚Twelve months‘ fairy tale came from illuminated manuscripts, Romanesque sculptures and Gothic portal structure (because I always saw the Months as something in between saints and gods). I like strong wind, smell of wet dirt in a greenhouse and hot cocoa. Fashion brand Silky gang especially excites me by combining folk tales and fashion."
MARTINA O ZUZANĚ
"I share Zuzka’s excitement for folk motives and similar stylization. There is nothing more typical for Czech fairy tales than that. I applauded her decision to create her designs basically completely by hand with watercolours. A task like that is very arduous, considering the scale, any change in pattern or colours is quite tough to implement and the process requires great focus. Also, in this case, corrections and changes were much more frequent than with other motives. I really like the finished product, though. Watercolours on bigger scale showcase interesting details a structure, especially noticeable on silk or silk voile. Big positive is that the geometry of the motive allows for intersting effects while arranging the scarf on an outfit. We chose colours similar to ones used in ‚Seven ravens 1‘ scarf by Kateřina Čupová, but in more gentle shade."
SCARVES‘ MATERIAL AND PACKAGING
Author’s design is printed either on 100 % silk twill with rolled edges (Colossus 90x90 cm and Tinkerbell 43x43 cm) or on the voile made of 30 % silk and 70 % fine cotton (Giant 130x130 cm). The scarves are packaged in handmade boxes. Also included are certificates with fairy tales and an original string with a pearl button. It is used for tying scarves and arranging them as part of an outfit. 100 % silk scarves have a unique serial number in their certificates. They are produced in limited series - only 100 pieces of Colossus and 200 pieces of Tinkerbells.