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Argaman&Defiance (A&D) creates 100% silk scarves naturally dyed by hand in our studio located in Chicago, Illinois. We only use natural dye extracts responsibly collected from tree bark, roots, and leaves. The hand dyed process is an artfully crafted skill, making each piece uniquely beautiful.


Lydia Crespo attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) graduating in 2010. She received the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from SAIC upon graduation. Crespo used the funds from the fellowship to start her business, Argaman&Defiance.


Argaman&Defiance collection is available in over 30 boutiques throughout the US. A&D has designed for Urban Outfitters, West Elm, Target, and Huckberry. Most recently A&D was highlighted in Chicago Magazine  “Best of Chicago” , Chicago Tribune “16 Things We Love”,



Crespo has created and lead workshop for the past three years. Check out A&D’s other workshops “Tie Dye”, “Shibori Workshop”, and, "Weaving".

Lydia Crespo - creator of Argaman & Defiance