Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Scarf Menagerie

For a week I have been posting on Instagram and Facebook a variety of scarves in various states of "tied"
I have collected over the years a diverse collection of shapes and sizes and fabrics.  
I have, what I refer to, as my scarf drawer where my treasures are kept, usually in an organized state of chaos.

Here is a review of just a few......

This is my Chanel Designer Scarf and one of my favorites because of the vibrant colors.  Two ways to wear it are rolled diagonally and wrapped twice around my neck or as a shawl.
I hold Coco Chanel close to my heart.  Raised in an orphanage, she learned the art of sewing and was credited after World War I of liberating women from the constraints of the corseted silhouette.
If you want to learn more, look at this short documentary entitled:  Coco Chanel: From Fashion Icon to Social Revolutionary

I love this smaller Nina Ricci scarf folded diagonally and tied at the back of the neck.
Nina Ricci at the age of 13 was apprenticed to a dressmaker where she learned the sewing techniques that she combined with her design talents to found the House of Nina Ricci in Paris in 1932.

This very large silk scarf is from a shop in Como, Italy.  As early as the 13th century, master weavers were working in Florence, Italy.  The silk processing center moved from Venice to Milan and finally to Como.  Como originally raised its own silkworms, but after World War II, they began to import the silk fibers from China.
I have rolled it diagonally, wrapped it twice and tied.
It is heaven to touch.  I love being wrapped in this fine lustrous fiber.

If wearing one scarf is good, why not wear two.  The two 23 inch squares are folded together and tied with one knot, creating a splash of color which brings the eye of the beholder to the beautifully framed face.

Using the "two is better than one" rule, I have put two 19 x 70 inch Pashmina scarfs together and tied with a single loop.  I can cinch the knot up higher to keep out the frosty winds of winter.

The narrow pashmina scarf is worn by itself with a single windsor knot.
Pashmina is a soft finely woven fabric usually made of goat's hair.
It's soft plush feel resembles cashmere. 

And lastly, this is a "knock off" designer scarf that was purchased for much less, but may fool the average fashion eye.  I have tied it with a single windsor knot.

I have shown you just a few, but hopefully have inspired you to get into your own scarf drawer and try a tie or two.

I recently made a discovery....

He has a passion for bold colors and contrasting patterns which he brings to life in his world of silk.
Go to his website and peruse the luxurious  examples of design brought to a new level.

(just click above on Aaron Hales of London)

additional ideas for tying a large square scarf     CLICK
additional ideas for tying a rectangular scarf   CLICK

Remember to look at the hem to be sure it is a hand rolled hem if the price indicates it to be a designer scarf.   

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