The underlying image in this piece is a photograph that I took of a temple in Pompeii, Italy. It had been excavated from under the volcanic ash which fell upon it from Mount Vesuvius. This mountain of destruction is visible in the background of the photograph.
Ancient religious rites, preserved by a natural catastrophe, now a site of contemplation, a site of spirituality.
The hand-written text is taken from the 1561 Virbalis Inventory where all of the land holdings of Martynas Mažvydas was listed. His primary Lutheran parish was in Ragaine, but for several years he, along with Tomas Gedkantas, administered to the religious needs of the city of Virbalis. The hand-written text in this piece is as his name as it appears in the Inventory. Martynas Mažvydas is extremely important in Lithuanian history since he published the first book in the Lithuanian language.
It is in this inventory that the Plioplys surname first appeared. It listed eight Plioplys families, all of whom were land-owners. To own land was an exceptional situation since feudalism was to remain dominant in Eastern Europe for more than three additional centuries.
These scarves should only be dry cleaned.
These are large-scale, 100% pure silk scarves, 140 x 140 cm (55 x 55 in). Given their size, they are more properly called wraps (skraistės in Lithuanian). Most designer scarves, at their largest, are only 90 x 90 cm (35 x 35 in). These are two and a half times that size.
The mulberry silk used is of the highest quality with twill weaving. The printing techniques are state of the art. All materials used in the production process are environmentally friendly, non-toxic with OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certification. STANDARD 100 is the strictest environmental certification in the world. The company that does my printing has 13 years of experience and works only with silk, no other fabrics. This company’s Amazon rating is 4.7 out of 5. These scarves are heavy, durable and warm.