The Hermès scarf, or carré in French, is almost a culture on its own.
Introduced in 1937, in conjunction with the brand’s 100th anniversary at that time, Hermès was involved in the production of this little piece of art throughout the entire process – from the purchase of raw Chinese silk, to the spinning into yarn, followed by weaving it into fabric. Coveted and worn by many royalties and celebrities, it is said that an Hermès scarf is sold somewhere in the world every 25 seconds.
While sharing the story of this Carré-ture, I have included photos from the latest Spring Summer collection of Le Carré Hermè.
It typically takes a studio of 20 freelance designers about 2 years to complete a Hermes scarf from design concept, engraving, printing to the hand finishing process. Research and development itself takes about 9 to 12 months to complete. The designers utilise a palette of more than 50,000 colors used exclusively by Hermès to achieve the greatest detail possible.
After the scarf is printed, seamstresses roll and stitch the hem of a square, by hand, in 30 to 45 minutes. The hand-rolled hem is known as “roule”. Also, each scarf usually bears a signature of the artist.
The scarves are made of 20mm silk – while scarves from other manufacturers usually range from 4mm to 16mm – and are woven from the silk of 250 mulberry moth cocoons.
Priced at S$270 for a small pocket square (45cm by 45 cm) and higher for other sizes, I think it is a little price to pay for a piece of art, history and spirit.
- Published by MsGlitzy.com on March 24, 2012 10:50 AM