The History Behind the Production of Silk Scarfs


If you've been wondering how the trend of scarfs rose to prominence and became a major accessory in the fashion world of women, then this history is here to fill that void. Most fashion styles you see in vogue today were necessitated by certain needs and the stylings were only secondary or complementary.

Face caps were created to protect the face from the scorching heat of the sun, leggings became mainstream since the cold wasn't getting any better in developed countries. The scarf also shares some history of satisfying a need at hand before it went viral. Its major purpose was to keep the neck warm before it turned into a stylish fashion accessory. Here we are talking about the production of silk scarfs and how it all began but it won't hurt if we decide to take a peek at the history of scarfs firstly before delving into the luxury silk woven scarfs.

Brief History of Scarfs

The history of the scarf is dated back to 1350 BC in the cradle of civilization, North Africa, Pharaoh's empire - Egypt. Although it looks like something plucked out of the fashion ropes of the 21st century, the scarf is aged and even older than civilization. Its history is tied to royalty since the first person to have adorned in its warm soothing feel was the then Queen Nerfertiti who was said to have worn a tightly woven scarf topped with a conical headdress in 1350 B. C. 
Stemming from royalty, the scarf after Queen Nerfertiti continued with its royal appeal and was only worn by those who called the shots in the society at the time, especially the scarfs made of silk. The military too happened to have gotten themselves immersed into part of the history, how they got themselves involved is still hazy, but one thing was certain, they were among the elites who could afford the luxury of using the highly prized scarfs. Under Chinese Emperor Cheng, the scarf became so famous and important that it was used to mark ranks in the military. Men high up the military hierarchy used silk scarfs which is more superior while the rest of the soldiers were identified with cotton scarfs.
It was, however, only on the 19th century that the precious scarfs slipped out of their luxury confinements on the staples of royalty and into the fashion world where everyone was entitled to one- females though.

History of the Production of Silk Scarfs

This one goes to China even though the Egyptians pioneered the concept. It happened that, well, according to history and legend, in the course of the 27th century, a Chinese empress accidentally dropped a silk cocoon into her cup of coffee and what met her eyes was an unfolded shimmered thread. We are pretty certain that it was a beautiful sight to behold because the empress hastily ordered for a loom to be made so that the silk can be woven into a fabric. Thus, via an accident involving a warm cup of coffee and a silk cocoon, silk scarfs were birthed into existence and today they are all over the place even on the necks of the Royalty in Buckingham Palace, modern England. So the Chinese would go on to make more silk scarfs from silkworms and of course, only the high and mighty had the privilege of using the silk scarfs. At the time, silk was the prime luxury, the emperor alone and his court were the only ones with the reserved rights to use silk. The silk scarf, however, broke out of its luxurious ambiance and became public luxury even servants received their pay in silks later on.

This happened to be one of China's best-kept fashion secrets and so the emperor's at the time sought to restrict it from going viral which they successfully did for nearly 3000 years until around 300 A.D when their Asian counterparts like Japan and Korea got involved. It was until the 6th century AD that the Western World got involved in the silk scarf production. Two Roman Monks were delegates to Asia, the delegation being assented by the Roman Emperor Justinian. For a souvenir, the monks returned with silkworm eggs and mulberry leaves in their canes. They had obviously stolen it and that marked the beginning of silk scarf production in the Roman Empire which would later spread like wildfire across Europe into the Americas. The Roman Empire also went conservative on silk production just like China. They took stringent measures to monopolize it and even went as far as restricting their weavers and loomers from moving out of the Imperial Palace.
Pioneering Fashion Brand in the History of Silk Scarfs
Somewhere along the line, in 1837, the French fashion luxury brand - Hermes got involved in the history of silk scarfs. Hermes became the first fashion brand to design a graphical ready-to-wear silk scarf. The same year, the fashion industry in Europe and America caught the scarf fever and earnestly began production. When Queen Victoria ascended the throne, the silk scarf became more royal than ever.
Thus, luxury French brand - Hermes pioneered the production of original luxury silk scarfs. Hermes made the silk scarfs with silks imported from China which were twice stronger than the average fabric at the time. The design was inspired by Robert Dumas, a member of the Hermes family.

Silk Scarf in Contemporary Times

Today, scarfs have gone rampant around the world and designers are going creative with styles. Newer prints and designs are becoming trendy away from the traditional styles of the 18th and 19th century. French luxury giant - Hermes is still in the picture with advanced embellished designs printed into woven silk scarves and the creativity never stops. Taking it further, some brands are now into custom print silk scarfs since personality is now a major factor when it comes to fashion. People's love for arts are now being reflected in their scarfs, so it becomes more than just a complementary accessory but a blend of art, fashion and personality.

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