David Byrne, scarf whisperer
Wedged between his bicycle evangelism and his multi-pronged art and music projects, David Byrne recently found time to contribute to a new charity initiative. Asked to provide a word that “holds meaning” in his life, which would then be translated into Sanskrit and stitched into a cashmere scarf benefiting underprivileged women in India and Nepal, the enigmatic Mr. Psycho Killer opted for “dust.”
“It’s simultaneously a reminder of our mortality and a humorous reference to the pesky undifferentiated matter that accumulates on our vast hoardings of stuff,” explaineth Byrne, also noting the theory that a large percentage of the schmutz floating around town is actually human skin, a fact he finds both “sobering and slightly creepy.”
Byrne isn’t the only boy rocker d’un certain age who contributed words of wisdom to the scarves, which are handknit at Citta Himalaya Women’s Center. David Bowie (“funk”) and Sting (“resolve”) are also on board, as are a few girl celebs, including Scarlett (“reuse”) Johansson and Thandie (“surrender”) Newton.
The scarves are $100 and available on Tonic.com.