Hermès Scarves – A Very Short History

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If you’re looking to learn more about these iconic scarves, find the name of a certain scarf or just want to peruse thousands of photos, the best place for research is the HSCI Hermes Scarf Catalogue. Plan on spending some time there as there are hundreds of pages and you can completely get lost!

My favorite place to refer people to when looking to purchase an authentic Hermès scarf is Carre de Paris. It’s her passion and knows more about scarves than any one person I have ever met!

Hermès Scarves: a History – The story behind the world’s most iconic scarf.

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Founded in 1837, the French luxury house? Hermès began as a bridle and harness company for horses before branching out into luxury handbags and other accessories. Today, Hermès is one of the oldest and most valuable luxury companies in the world, known for its ultra-aspirational designer bags (Birkin bags, Kelly bags) and, of course, the legendary? Hermès scarves.

The scarf made its debut in 1937, exactly 100 years after Hermès was founded. The design of the very first scarf was based on a woodblock drawing by Robert Dumas, a member of the Hermès family. It was made with imported Chinese silk which made the scarf twice as strong than any of the scarves available at the time and, thus, became an immediate hit.

Since 1937, Hermès has produced over two thousand silk scarves, all produced in an Hermès factory near Lyon, France. Given that Hermès always catered to the very rich, the scarf was quickly adopted by royalty and celebrities. It was (and still is) worn as a headscarf by Queen Elizabeth. Audrey Hepburn wore it in countless iconic photos and Grace Kelly famously used it as a sling for her broken arm. Silk scarves have since become extremely popular with women across the globe. This is part of the reason why Victoria Ragna silk scarves online are so in-demand.

Grace Kelly

But, the Hermès scarf has an allure that goes beyond celebrity. One scarf takes a full 18 months to complete, making it one of the most meticulously-crafted accessories in the world.

Here are some important, little-known facts about the production process of the Hermèsscarf:

Hermès hires artists to hand-design each scarf individually. Historically, designs have gone from traditional horse motifs to whimsical illustrations and everything in between. Scarves are so beautifully-designed that they are often framed and used as artwork on a wall. Once the design is complete, it is brought to a factory in France, where it is individually screen-printed.

-On average, each scarf has 27 distinct colors. The process – because it is hand-silkscreened – can take up to six months to do in completion.

-It takes roughly 750 hours alone to engrave the screens for printing (one screen per color).

-A Hermès scarf is made from the silk of 250 mulberry moth cocoons.

-The hems are hand-rolled and hand-stitched. This is, in fact, a great way to know that your scarf is authentic.

Hermes Scarf Making

-With the exception of some limited edition pieces, the scarves come in three main sizes: 16″ x 16″, 36″ x 36″, ? and the largest size: 55″ x 55″. They are always perfect squares.

-For years, Hermès has partnered with the Tuareg tribesman of the Sahara and have used their traditional motifs in Hermès products. In fact, Hermes has a strong history of supporting artisans all over the world, including Mali, Pakistan and Brazil.

-If bought in limited edition, Hermès scarves can often go up in value.

Make sure you knwo who you are purchasing your next scarf from and look for all the telltale signs to make sure it is indeed authentic!

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