En’wrap’tured by scarves
A scarf, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors, fabrics and styles. Historically, it is said that scarves were invented as early as 230 BC. Chinese warriors wore cloth scarves to mark their military rank. Romans in 10AD were also known to wear a linen kerchief or ‘sudarium’ knotted around their waist or neck. Croatian soldiers also wore scarves in the 17th century.
Practically speaking, scarves were worn for a variety of reasons. They can be worn to cover the head or neck, as part of a military uniform, for religious reasons or to support a sports team.
During the early 19th century the scarf became a real fashion accessory for both men and women. American politician Helen Gahgar popularized the look in the 1920’s. This versatile piece of cloth became iconic with brands such as Hermes, Pucci and Etro. Turban style scarves were also popular as a chic way to cover up a bad hair day. Scarves have also played an iconic role in many Hollywood movies such as Bridget Jones Diary, Funny Face and Confessions or a Shopaholic.
Scarves are made in a wide range of fabric, silk chiffon, organza, voile, cambric, linen and lace to name a few. Synthetic scarves are also popular as they are easier to maintain and don’t crumple. They can be worn in plain printed or embroidered styles, as a matching color or contrast to your look.
In 2016 if there was one accessory trend that was seen during New York fashion week over and over again, it was that of the skinny scarf. On the runway and around the necks of street style fashionistas, these 70’s inspired trend put a fresh spin on any and every outfit. These artful, long and one-sided drapes were spotted at Rodarte amongst other collections. Lanvin and Pucci were other designers who also showcased scarves in their collections. At Giambattisa Valli , models were spotted wearing plain white scarves around their necks held in place by large metallic brooches.
In India, dupattas and shawls have long been used as wraps with traditional outfits. Bandhini or Bandhej style woolen scarves are also popular in the Kutch district of Gujrat. Tribal women are often depicted with colorful scarves trimmed with coins wrapped around their heads. In modern times, women wearing Indian outfits have also started using skinny scarves and stoles instead of dupattas for a more convenient and fuss free look.
At Pookaari, we have a special section of handpicked and curated scarves to update you look and add to your wardrobe this summer. Masaya offers a range of reasonably priced cotton scarves in attractive digital prints, while Boho Rhapsody provides silk scarves in color-graded stripes. For a more fun and trendy look, shop white linen scarves by Bon Vivant embellished with fun multi- colored tassels. Wrap one of these trendy scarves around your neck to update your outfit and add an extra pizzazz to your ensemble and stand out this Spring!