Scarves are an affordable and versatile fashion accessory that can be worn in myriad ways for each season. Scarves and wraps can be worn as sarongs and for sun protection in the summer months, and as shawls and cozy neck warmers in autumn and winter.
Scarves come in a wide variety of designs, fabrics, and textures and are quickly becoming a standard accessory for many women in the USA. Women throughout the world have been wearing scarves and wraps for centuries, and in America scarves have recently made a big comeback as they are an affordable way to enhance one’s existing wardrobe. Depending on the season, scarves can be worn in different ways for both protection from the elements as well as a stylish and fun accessory.
Cotton scarves can be worn in spring and summer as neck scarves, head wraps and sarongs or beach wraps. The lightweight cotton fabric is breathable and provides excellent protection from the sun, while also adding an element of sophistication and elegance to one’s style.
A variety of different art forms can be used to make unique designs on scarves. Hand block-printing involves the use of hand carved wooden blocks that are dipped in dyes and hand stamped across the fabric with great care to give the overall printed design. The art of block-printing requires tremendous skill as the artisan must align the edge of each print so it appears seamless.
Hand tie-dye (also known as bandhani) is another art form that brings classic elegance to cotton, silk and wool scarves. The fabric is first printed with the over design and then the artisans hand tie the fabric in tiny knots with string as per the pattern of the design. The scarf is then dyed in multiple colors and the sections that are knotted do not absorb the dye completely, and the pattern is formed.
Embroidery is another ancient art form that is used for creating beautiful scarves and shawls. In India, hand embroidery has been an intrinsic part of the culture for about 4000 years, and most women are skilled in the art as they use it for their own clothing, bedding, and tapestries. Since the art of embroidery is handed down by each generation, the artisans in the country are highly skilled and adept in a wide range of intricate embroidery styles.
Hand-crafted scarves made of pure cotton, silk and wool are artistic adornments that enhance any outfit. Made of natural fibers, these scarves are comfortable to wear throughout the year and retain their beauty over time.
There are many places online where one can find scarves, but handmade scarves of high quality are less common. To find truly unique and beautiful handmade scarves, one can visit websites of companies that specialize in handmade cotton and silk scarves. A number of wholesale silk scarves companies also provide a wide range of scarves at reasonable prices.