Starting with the sudarium (a line1n kerchief used by the Romans to wipe their necks and faces) the scarves is an ancient item in the history of European dress. Older yet, representations of fringed rectangles can be seen gracing Chinese sculptures which date back to 1000 years before Christ.
Under the ancient Romans, the scarves developed into a variable and diverse men's fashion accessory, whether knotted to a belt or worn around the neck. The style was quickly adopted by the ladies. Over the centuries, these generous squares of silk have become the most versatile and varied of women's accessories.
In recent months the scarves has experienced a revival, once again the item most coveted by women around the world.
As a head-covering, the scarves's appeal is characterized by an aura of elegance (scarves have ever been fundamental to film-divas' allure) and by its variability (tied under the chin, behind the neck or worn as a turban). Scarves have been worn tied at the wrist, and glamorize even something as functional as a handbag when tied around the strap).
Silk scarves and thread are made from the cocoon of the silk worm.
The average cocoon contains 300-400 meters of silk. For 2.2 lbs of raw silk to be produced it takes 5500 worms.
One group of eggs produces about 20,000 worms, which will consume about two thousand pounds of Mulberry leaves during their lifetime.
Silk has been unearthed in the Quianshanyang village of Huzhou in Zhejiang, China and has been estimated to have been produced and used over 4,500 years ago.
Legend has it that it was around 2,600BC when Yuen Fei, a concubine to the then ruling Emperor discovered this unique thread. It was said she dropped a worm cocoon into her tea and it came unraveled. Because of this discovery she has been worshipped as the goddess of Silk.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SILK
There are several kinds of thread and fabric and each has its own unique characteristics. The difference being the types of leaves the worm consumes.
Silk is a strong, soft and lightweight fabric, which is available in varied textures and quality. There are many different kinds of silk to choose from, depending on the texture and finish.
Silk has the property of keeping the body warm.
Silk scarves are available in different sizes, shapes and can be dyed in a host of colors and prints, to meet the customized demands of the buyers.
Comfortable and versatile, pashminas scarves are never out of fashion. Delicate fibers or yarns are blended with silk for its beautiful sheen and strength and they are very much preferred by the younger generation. The appeal of a pashminas never fails.
A smooth fabric, as of silk or rayon, woven with a glossy face and a dull back, satin is a luxurious fabric that is used to make a lavish range of scarves.
Available in a huge range of colors, sizes and designs.
Satin scarve are a bit heavier than most of the other scarf, but they have an elegant drape, great fall and beautiful luster.
Georgette, the sheer, strong silk or silk-like clothing fabric with a dull.
Polyester is a wrinkle-resistant fabric of fibers made from light, strong, weather-resistant resins.
It is abundantly available at an affordable price. Polyester scarves made from this soft, thin and shiny fabric may be printed, dyed or embroidered. A polyester scarf can be used as an excellent corporate gift to promote an organization's image, too.