In 1937, 100 years after the luxury house was founded, the first Hermès Scarf was released. Based on a woodblock drawing by Robert Dumas, a member of the Hermes family, it was crafted of raw, Chinese silk, which was spun into yarn, woven, and screen-printed.
Today, Hermès Silk Scarves are produced in a factory near Lyon, France. As each features hand-rolled and -stitched hems and around 27 distinct colors, an Hermès Scarf takes approximately six months to make. Costing up to $1,200, the meticulous craftsmanship is reflected in the price.
Since the initial debut of the Hermès Silk Scarf, over 2,000 iterations have been created. Designed by freelance artists, each features a unique pattern, commonly equestrian, mythological, botanical, or nautical in theme. Each artist has become associated with a certain style, making some highly collectible. Hermès scarves designed by Hugo Grygkar and Robert Dallet are among the most sought after. For the most part, a pattern is re-released multiple times; however, some have only been released once, making them extremely rare and hard to find.
Considered pieces of art, some collectors frame and display their Hermès silk scarves. While, others find more practical uses for them, tying them under the arms to create a tube top, knotting them around the neck as a finishing touch to an outfit, and wrapping them around the handle of a bag as extra decoration. The list of uses for a Hermès scarf is seemingly endless. It is up to its owner to get creative. After all, Grace Kelly was famously photographed wearing hers as a sling to support her broken arm.
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