10 interesting facts about scarves and shawls


10 interesting facts about scarves and shawls

  1. Multicolored and one-color scarves and shawls are an integral part of women’s and men’s clothing. A simple and average fashion expression makes each scarf unique. A piece of cloth wrapped around the neck or slung over the shoulder has its roots in older history. It is associated with the first beginnings of the art of weaving. In the time of the Assyrians this part of the wardrobe was in wide application.
  2. The word “écharpe” comes from the French language. It was originally part of the officer’s uniform or belt, most often made of silk. On festive occasions, this fashion accessory was worn around the waist or over the shoulders.
  3. Wool, silk and cashmere are the most common materials for making scarves and shawls. Cashmere is technically wool, but due to the way it is made, it should be separated. In modern times, scarves are made of viscose and other types of fabrics.
  4. Persian scholar and poet Sayed Ali Hamadani visited Ladakh in the 14th century. He noticed the softness and refinement of the wool of Kashmiri goats. This Persian was skilled so he made socks out of wool. He presented the socks made in this way to the then ruler of Kashmir. The ruler was delighted with the gift and showed additional interest in other items that could be made from goat wool. Today, Hamadani is a historical figure who has placed the Indian province of Kashmir in an indelible position in the history of the fashion industry.
  5. Weavers from Kashmir have discovered that the soft undercoat of the Tibetan chiru antelope is an ideal raw material for making the softest fabrics. The name of the product obtained in this way is called “shantush”. Demonstration of the fineness of this product is proven by passing a large piece of fabric through the little finger. Due to the endangerment of this species of antelope, today the product is illegal. Existing specimens reach fabulous figures among lovers and collectors.
  6. During the 19th century, silk scarves were made in China, which reached the western market via the Philippines. They became known in history as “scarves from Manila”. This item becomes part of folk costumes. The Carmen Opera linked this subject to Spanish culture. Silk scarves are the subject of artistic hand-dyeing. There are a number of scarf painting techniques used by hobbyists and professionals.
  7. The French fashion manufactory “Hermes” dating from the 19th century is perhaps the first association with the appearance of scarves and shawls on the fashion scene. Hermes fashion manufactory started selling scarves in 1937.
  8. The color and pattern on the scarves usually follow the color of the shoes – say fashion experts. Even monotonous business attire combinations become more fun and elegant with the addition of a scarf.
  9. Simplicity is always the best solution. So universal jeans, one-color T-shirts and shirts and sporty clothing combinations can always be further embellished with a scarf. You can tie a scarf around your head, around your waist, around your neck or wrap it casually over your shoulders.
  10. The “shemag” scarf for men has been known and has been used for centuries in the Middle East but also in Western countries. This scarf is suitable for a relaxed and casual look and has been used instead of a hat for centuries.



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