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Where is the expensive Hermès scarf

Jun 16, 2020

1. Design

Design is the soul of the product. Hermès scarfs have complicated and gorgeous patterns and extremely high color saturation. It seems that each scarf is a beautiful painting. Since 1987, Hermès will select a theme as the product design of this year, look for artists that meet the temperament of the year and provide creativity, concept, and design. The design team (designer's own team + Hermès scarf platemaker + accessories designer) discusses the actual operability of the product. When the design and production are confirmed, the new scarf will be put online at the Lyon factory.


2. Fuel color

Currently, there are 75,000 different colors in Hermès' color library. All colors are produced in the Hermès factory. These pigments are ground from powder, 70% of the ingredients are water, and then these ingredients are heated. Next to the prepared pigments, the composition of natural gum is also prepared. This glue is collected from small trees in Pakistan or India, so the secret of color mixing is to mix these pigments in different proportions. The color produced by this powder color + water is very natural, and the color saturation is extremely high.


3. Raw materials

Hermès silk scarves have always been made of natural silk. The silk of 8 silkworm pupa is knitted into a silk thread, while the average silk scarf uses 5-6. The silkworm pupa is all from China and Brazil. A large square scarf uses nearly 250 silkworm pupa. This is why Hermès scarves are heavier and softer than normal, have a stronger drop force, and are more three-dimensional when knotted and look better.


4. Craftsmanship

When the printing is completed, each large piece of silk is cut to a specified size, and then after washing, steaming and drying and other color fixing processes, the manual technician starts manual curling of the silk scarf. This link marked the completion of the scarf. However, with only gentle manual curling, each scarf takes at least 30 minutes: the fingers of the left hand unwind the silk first and then roll it inwards, and the right hand quickly drops the needle, sliding in like a snake, just right, But no pins can be seen.

There are also hand-carved templates. It takes 500 to 600 hours to carve a common square scarf, but complex patterns may also take 2200 hours. The ant-like slow work has a crucial meaning because the perfect plate making must depend on the perfect painting.