The MUSE Collection scarf designs were created by the in-house team at DESEDA and are inspired by two women who have been great role models for our company's Founder, Sarah. More on their stories below!
The MUSE for the Elegance and Exuberance scarves is my great-grandmother, Evelyn. Known to most everyone as Nana, I feel fortunate to have vivid memories of her as she lived to be 98 years old. To me, Nana will always be an independent, card-playing, Jeopardy-loving, baker extraordinaire who would welcome us with a delightful gasp of “for land’s sakes” when we arrived at her home for our weekly visits.
While she was born in 1896, Nana's life story is one of an incredibly modern woman. Widowed in her 40s with three children to raise, she continued to own and successfully operate the millinery she started with my great-grandfather and was ultimately joined by her son, my grandfather, in the business. Ever elegant and stylish down to the last detail, it is fitting that two of Nana’s handkerchiefs provided the inspiration for the beautiful, rich florals of the Elegance and Exuberance scarves. Designed in her honor, these two scarves evoke thoughts of those who are generous in spirit and embrace life to the fullest.
The MUSE for the Simplicity scarf is my grandmother, Pat. A gentle woman with deep faith, she was known for her graciousness. Pat was a creative soul and found outlets to express that energy across an array of mediums including painting, quilting, and hand embroidery. When I was young, she taught me candlewick embroidery during our summer visits.
Recently I learned that candlewicking began in America by those women who pioneered the West. Only able to access the barest of necessities, pioneer women had to use their resourcefulness to bring comfort and beauty to their humble homes. Their creativity led to the adaptation of the plain cotton fiber used for candle wicks as thread for simple decorative embroidery knots on textiles. Inspired by this origin story, cream-colored Colonial knots became the foundational element for this scarf. Designed in Grandma Pat’s honor, this scarf is a lustrous take on a modest craft tradition and a reflection of the beauty found in moments of grace and simplicity in our lives.