This post follows the one I wrote about the history of Hermes house and its famous handbags.
The house is also well known for its « carrés » Hermes, which appeared in 1937. They were all produced in an Hermes factory near Lyon, France. Queen Elizabeth II wears a Hermès headscarf . Audrey Hepburn wore it in her movies and pictures, Grace Kelly famously use dit as a sling for her broken arm.
Facts about the production process
Hermes hires artists to hand-design each scarf individually. Originally, the typical design is around horse motifs, it now moves to more trendy styles. Scarves are so-beautifully-designed that they are often framed and used as artwork on the wall. Once the design is complete, it is brought to a factory in France, where it is individually screen-printed.
Each scarf has roughly 27 distinct colors. The process- because it is hand-silkscreened – can take up to six months to do in completion.
It takes roughly 750 h to engrave the screens for printing as one screen per color.
An Hermes 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. Be assure to get the copy rights printed.
They have 3 main sizes : 16X16 in, 36X36 in and the largest 55X55 in. They are always perfect squares.
The twilly is the small knod that you can add on your handbag may be a bit expensive for its actual size ; but the price is justified by a special cut accross a normal scarf.
There is also a basic way on how to fold your scarf, as you can see from the pictures.
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