There were perhaps 100 scarves in Mum's wardrobe. The number made my Father go somewhat pale when he realised how many there were and mentally tallied up the cost (one thing about the Magic of The Scarf is that they do not take up a lot of room, so Mum had squirrelled away quite a collection over the years without him noticing). Mum was not wedded to a particular style or brand. She had scarves from all over the place, from designer to no brand, collected from the early 1970's onwards, and it would appear that a large proportion of them were souvenirs for her - printed silk scarfs from various Museums around the world (the Picasso Museum for example), or from places like Thailand, where she'd purchased a lot of Thai Silk scarves in small market boutiques. For Mum, these scarves reminded her of her travels. For my sisters and I sorting through, they just remind us of Mum, especially those that were her favourites and that she would wear often.
I brought home a few of them with me.
This first one is one of Mum's Hermes scarfs - Grand Aparat. Mum loved horses, and Greys in particular (she would always bet on a Grey horse for the Melbourne Cup, although they would never win...). Grand Aparat has been issued many times since it was first designed in the early 60's, although Hermes never reissue the same colourways, so that is a good way to date a scarf (my guess would be the early 90's or late 80's for this one).
I used to borrow this Chanel scarf above quite frequently in the early-mid 90's (back when everyone was wearing scarves, as they were a "thing"). I would wear it to work in my part time job at Witchery (mid-range Australian chain store). Witchery did not at that time sell accessories, and I would constantly be asked by customers if my scarf was anywhere in the store on sale, which always made me laugh (Chanel logos were not particularly recognisable by the average person back then).
This post was going to be about how I wear my scarfs (I like to avoid looking like I've just finished my shift as a flight attendant, so will never wear them with a navy blazer). I tend to wear them as belts on my jeans, as headbands, as tops, tied around the handle of my handbag, and in winter around my neck in a couple of different knots that I favour. But as I was writing the post and looking for images, I decided to write about all the other things that you can do with scarfs. A lot of people do not have the lifestyle for scarves, or do not like the look on themselves of a scarf, but still love the artwork and designs, and the beauty from the lustre of the silk.
So instead of spending a lot of money on an original artwork of dubious merit, you could instead purchase a scarf and frame it. Ebay has a lot of Hermes scarfs listed on it - the ones without boxes sell for less money than the ones in their boxes, and older designs are often sold for half the cost of retail (Hermes scarves sell for $580 Australian for a 90cm Carre). Of course you could find a scarf by any designer, however from an artistic point of view, Hermes really does lead the way with their scarves.
via Coulda Shoulda Woulda
However if you do not have a scarf at hand, but like the look then etsy has a few sellers that sell ready made cushions made from scarfs - at $225US a cushion for a Hermes one they are actually quite good value when you consider that the scarf itself would have originally been more expensive, plus you can easily pay more than that for a standard silk cushion that is 70cm square.
For me there are lots of memories wrapped up in scarfs, both the ones that were my Mum's, the ones that Mr AV has bought me, the ones I've bought myself and where they've been worn. And the magic of the scarf is that not only will they instantly transform an outfit from basic to interesting (check out MaiTai's posts where she shows how a basic outfit is dressed up by the way she adds her accessories if you don't believe me), but they can add a lot of personality and colour to your home as the Art that they really are if you're not inclined toward wearing them.
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