handpainted silks

Artist Statement:


" My work is inspired by time spent in the islands of the South Pacific,

from the impact of the setting sun to the contrast of a tropical blossom against oceanic blue.

My Shiboris, rich in variation that reflect ancient past, render these luminous tones more dramatic when set on the body. They yield intensions of a woman with a lively and curious personality who frees herself from every kind of obstacle to be able to trot from one end of the world to the other."



    Izabela Sauer’s innovations in surface design emerge from her passion for texture and color. She produces handpainted Shibori scarves and shawls which showcase an exceptional gift for detail and artistic expression. Timeless pieces reinterpreted with modern attitude and dominated by seductive taste for contrast. Exotic colorations invoke Mediterranean sky, a shock of bougainvillea, or deep verdant greens. Her work embodies contemporary styling and true vision of personal adornment.


    While Shibori is typically performed before coloring the fabric, Izabela instead uses it after she paints the silks. As a result, the pleats add textural element and give the scarves dimension, body and sculptural life. She uses them to underscore a feeling of movement for these fluid, sophisticated pieces in a range of mesmerizing colours.


    Izabela Sauer’s  one-of-a-kind silk wearables can be found at her studio/gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver. They are also represented by fine craft galleries throughout the United States and Canada. She has won numerous awards for her textiles, including the 2002 , 2007, 2012 and 2013 Niche Award for Excellence, an international competition for professional craft artists working in all media.

what we do and why...

Izabela and Jacob Sauer's Alarte Silks is a company specializing in

one-of-a-kind handpainted silks represented by fine craft galleries throughout the United States and Canada.

2002 NICHE award

2007 NICHE award

2012 NICHE award

2013 NICHE award

gallery hours

where to find us


Studio / Gallery on Granville Island

1369 Railspur Alley, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 4G9 Canada


everyday  10 AM - 6 PM


Wed - Sun 10 AM - 6 PM

Pleas call for holiday hours 1 888 370 4304

Alarte Silks Limited

1369 Railspur Alley, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 4G9 Canada

phone:   778 - 370 - 4304

Toll free 1 - 888 - 370 - 4304

email: izabela@alartesilks.com


"Circle Craft Show" Vancouver

November 11th - November 15th 2015

"One of a Kind Show" Toronto

November 26th - November 30th 2015

"One of a Kind Show" Chicago

December 3rd - December 6th 2015

"ACC Show" Baltimore

February 17th - 18th (trade only) February 19th - 21st (retail) 2016

"ACC Show" San Francisco

August 5th - 7th 2016

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