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The story of a Hermès scarf

Mar 02, 2020

A British businesswoman shared a story about scarves online:

On her 21st birthday, her mother gave her a Hermes Les Clés ("Keys" series) as an adult gift. Later she moved to Japan to work and accidentally spilled sauce on a teppanyaki one day. When I couldn't find the dry cleaner, I took the silk scarf in the water for a night and took it for granted.

When I woke up the next day, the stain did fade, but the scarf itself was very faded, and there were multiple color patches in different shades, which looked very bad. She was so sad that she had destroyed such a memorable gift. Fortunately, a Japanese colleague reminded me: there is an after-sales service for creasing scarves, which may save it.

The process of returning to the Paris headquarters for processing took months and cost more than 100 Euros, but the results were worth it: the fade marks were no longer noticeable, and the scarves had a new form and vitality.

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After this "recovery" experience, the designer began to review: On the one hand, he was too careless, and forgot to put away the silk scarf when eating. On the other hand, the damage caused by not knowing the relevant knowledge is disrespectful to the designers, artisans, and mothers who gave gifts. After that, all her silk clothes had to be dry-cleaned. To keep the shape of the wrinkles, use only the original round box with acid-free paper to store the silk scarf (to avoid corrosion), and coil it upright instead of folding as shown in the photo.

Indeed, good things deserve to be treated like this. From spinning silkworms, toiling weavers, masters of dyeing and threading, to an exquisite silk product, the entire process embodies the wisdom and hard work of countless people. Even the folds that brought the scarf back to life were full of respect for the fabric. There is a workshop in Paris called "Login", which has been doing fabric creasing for top European luxury brands for more than 200 years.

Here, the fabric is placed between two molds made of special cardboard, and it is set by 85-100 ° C high-temperature steam for 1-1.5 hours and then left for more than 24 hours to let the mold and fabric cool. Has passed to the fourth generation of the family.

Seemingly simple technology, but can't find a second company to compare with it.

Because silk, leather, chiffon, velvet and other fabrics favored by big-name workshops are very delicate

Expensive, the time, temperature, and force of each step are slightly inappropriate, which will greatly reduce the effect and cause waste. More than 3,000 various molds stored on the shelf are also a precious crystallization of the creativity of generations. There is also a wrinkle process rarely seen in everyday clothing called "stripping."

The difference between it and creasing is that it is not set by high temperature, but it is pulled out one by one with special equipment, and each pleating has obvious sewing threads.

For example, in this three-dimensional tucker fold, its method is to fix only the roots at both ends of the fold, and the middle section is naturally twisted. The effect is clear and regular, and it looks random and natural after molding.

In short, whether it is pleating or stripping, the production of silk folds requires special equipment and professional technicians. The process of handing over the fabric to the service provider will consume a lot of time.

Unless someone insists on this costly craftsmanship, the businesswoman will lose an irreplaceable gift, and we will miss many of the good things brought by this precious fabric.

The meaning of silk has always been more than practical value. It is also an expression of art and sustenance of emotion. Understanding and caring is the greatest respect for it.