The History Of: The Hermes Scarf

Hermes Scarves

Silk scarves have come back into style this season, although did they ever really leave?  This trend has had me thinking about the most famous silk scarf, the Hermès ones.  The Hermès scarf, commonly known as the carré, was first introduced in 1928.  Hermès oversaw the production of its scarves throughout the entire process, they purchased the raw Chinese silk, spinning it into yarn, and then weaving it into fabric that was twice as strong as most scarves available at the time.  One of the first designed was a print of white-wigged females playing a popular period game and it was a custom made accessory named Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches.  Each scarf is individually printed with vegetable dye.  Each added color has to dry for a month before the next color is applied.  The designers have over 200,000 different colors to choose from, forty-three is the highest number of screens used on one scarf.  This was the “Charity” scarf released in 2006.  When the production of the scarves first began there was a dedicated scarf factory in Lyon, France; that year Hermès celebrated its 100th anniversary.  Contemporary Hermès scarves measure 90 cm × 90 cm, weigh 65 grams and are woven from the silk of 250 mulberry moth cocoons.  All hems of the scarves are hand-stitched using a technique called hand-rolling.  Each silk scarf takes around 350 hours to make!  Today scarves cost from around $300 dollars and up, which does not sound as pricey now that I know how much work goes into each scarf. 

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