An article written by ShriVyshnavi Annush for the Hindu Metroplus, on the 13th of December, 2014.
Winter trend – Scarves Galore!
Its December and there is a slight nip in the early morning air. You know winter has arrived. Its my favorite season of the year with misty mornings. Winter for me means that I can bring out my scarves and stoles.
A scarf is one of the most versatile accessories to own. It speaks of elegance. A woman wearing a scarf in the right way is immediately recognized to be style conscious. You can dress up or dress down an outfit with a scarf.We are spoilt for choice with a myriad of textiles that our country has to offer. A handwoven linen or a cotton scarf is as luxurious to wear as a printed silk or a pashmina one.
It is indeed a blessing to live in a country like ours where each region has its own unique weave to offer. Our very own Kovai is famous for its cotton handlooms. A Kovai scarf or a stole can be spotted from a distance by its temple borders and traditional colors. The sheer lightness of the fabric makes it wearable throughout the year. The Maheshwari scarves from the banks of Narmada are known for their sensuous texture and signature geometrical motifs. The Pashmina scarf is a legend by itself. It embodies elegance and luxury. The Pashminas are hand spun from fine wool and hand embroidered in Kashmir. My Kashmiri friend once told me a simple rule to follow while buying pashminas. If the scarf or stole goes through a ring at one go, it means that it has passed the test of being genuine. The Pashmina is to the Kashmiris what Kacheepuram saris are for us in the South. Pashmina scarves and shawls are a must have in a Kashmiri bride’s trousseau.
There are several ways that you can wear a scarf. There are enough youtube videos out there to help you do that. For work, pairing a handwoven linen scarf with a shirt and jeans instantly adds that extra bit of style quotient to your otherwise ordinary outfit. In the evenings, you can wear a vividly printed silk scarf to keep you warm and at the same time fashionable. Stoles can be paired with a tunic to give you that oomph factor. Enjoy the winter season experimenting with scarves and a hot cup of chai!