Audrey Hepburn once said: "When I tied a silk scarf, I felt like a woman, a beautiful woman like never before." For centuries, silk scarves have become a culture that carries women. Fashion history. Spring is the time to decorate yourself with a silk scarf, not only because of the return of the silk scarf trend, but also because it can bring you a cultural interest outside the fashion.
From "a piece of cloth" to pure art - a hundred years of silk scarf
The history of scarves begins with a piece of cloth.
As early as 3000 BC, the Egyptians used loincloths, tasseled dresses, and ancient Greek-era cloths to find traces of scarves. The silk scarf was not originally used as a decoration, but was mainly used to protect the cold. Around the Middle Ages, starting in Northern Europe or ancient times in the North France and other places, these cloth towels are considered to be the ancestor of modern silk scarves.
In the mid-16th century, the demand for scarves gradually changed from warm-shielded tools to accessories that embellished clothing. Lightweight scarves began to become the heads and shawls of aristocratic women. By the end of the seventeenth century, various gorgeous triangle scarves were hand-embroidered with lace and gold and silver threads. European women put them on their arms and wrapped around their necks, under the neck or chest. The knot is fixed with floral decoration and has the function of keeping warm and decorative.
Later, when the French Bourbon dynasty was in its heyday, when Louis XIV was in power, the triangle scarf was listed as an important accessory in the costume and standardized. The upper class began to decorate Chinese clothing with a scarf, and many royal aristocrats also used a scarf to decorate the male style. At the end of the eighteenth century, the triangle scarf gradually evolved into a towel, which can be worn around the chest and covered with thin cotton or fine linen.
For two centuries, the development of scarves in Europe has been almost in its infancy. Until the end of the eighteenth century, Napoleon led a French army from Egypt to Egypt, hoping to cut off the British business lifeline to India, but unexpectedly introduced a shawl for France. In turn, the shawl became the most important accessory for the 19th century costume. But the shawl at the time was very expensive and only a few people could afford it. During the Anglo-French war, France was unable to import shawls and began to imitate manufacturing. Since then, for nearly a hundred years, the complex shawls have become almost a part of the clothes. With the French Revolution and the British Industrial Revolution, the European continent's industry developed slowly. Machine-made shawls and scarves were mass-produced. Originally, they were unique to the nobles and began to play an important role in the wardrobe of ordinary women.
It was not until the twentieth century that women fully realized the wisdom of using silk scarves. It began to accompany women on the streets and into the workplace. For three hundred years, the concept of women's scarves has slowly changed, replacing the large caps at the time with thin ribbons or headscarves on the hair, and the shawl is no longer a must-have accessory. Some women cut off long hair, put on headscarves and caps, and even decorated with ribbons and flowers between the hair and the headscarf.
The true formation of modern silk scarves was in the 1920s, the traditional use of long shawls and headscarves, the silky long towels began to be used, and the techniques of folding, knotting and the like of the scarves were slowly taken seriously. In the 1930s, the popular materials for square scarves and long towels were mostly silk or rayon. The colors were very bold, and the design styles were particularly popular. The famous Hermes scarves were launched during this period. In the 1960s, silk scarves designed by well-known designers and brands were on the scene, and silk scarves became the development accessories for clothing brands. In the 1970s, hippie folk style headscarves, winter indispensable large scarves or long shawls were very popular. In the 1980s, scarves have become a must-have accessory for women, and all kinds of old and new scarves have become the most versatile accessories. In the 1990s, the retro trend returned to the fashion world.
The popular story of the 20th century silk scarf is like a piece of history. After a hundred years of development, the functionality of silk scarves has been used from clothing, scarves, scarves, shawls, belts, scarves, hair bands, and even Strap, tied to a handbag as a decoration, or a pure artwork. In the 21st century, the scarf revolution continues, and silk scarves have long become a culture that carries women's fashion history.