Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fashion Pick: The Many Ways Of The Scarf

The scarf is a must have by women. There are many ways you can wear the scarf and make it a great accessory to your wardrobe. It can be worn around the neck, tied at the wrist, or added around the purse for an extra flair. Scarves have evolved tremendously by expanding in: colors, patterns, fabrics and different weaving techniques. Scarves have practical uses being used as a protector in dustier climates and to protect against airborne illness. A thin head scarf, Kercheif or Bandanna is usually used to keep the hair clean.

The wearing of the scarf began in 1350 B.C. with the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, who wore a scarf with a head dress. 210 A.D. Romans wore a linen “Sudarium”(sweat cloth) that they would use to wipe the sweat from their face and neck. In 1261 Egyptian belly dancing was created and the scarf was part of the costume, worn on the hips. In the 1700's the French started to wear Cravats to show their political support by what color of scarf they wore. In 1783 Third Duke of Krakow invented the knit scarf. 1810 Beethoven falls for Therese Malfati and tries to win her heart by changing his wardrobe and starts sporting silk neck scarves. 1856 Burberry (maker of fashionable plaid scarves) was founded. 1900's Isadora Duncan (mother of modern dance) was killed by her scarf when it got stuck in the wheel of her automobile. 1914 Knitting of scarves is a patriotic duty in the United States. 1930 Fur Scarves become the must have of France. 1970's The scarf was at Woodstock worn across the: forehead, waist and as a shirt. 2011 Scarves are the Fashion Wow with hats and gloves to match.