FrenchSilkScarf

Vintage Silk Scarves, neckerchiefs, cravats from France

Beaune, France
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Announcement    What makes a French Silk Scarf so special? Discover with me types of silks, as well as 20+ ways to wear them (men and women) and even some lesser known French designers of scarves I can truly recommend ...

Research and Writings On French Silk Scarves:
* Discover French Scarves: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/scarf/
(includes 20 ways to wear a scarf for Women)
* What makes a French Silk Scarf so Special? https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk-scarf/
(includes 11 ways to wear a scarf for Men)
* French Designers: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/lesser-known-french-designers/
* All about French Silk: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk/
* Asymmetrical Style Scarves: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/asymmetrical-style/
* All my related French Silk Scarf writings: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/tag/vintage-scarves/

'French Silk Scarf' offers silk (soie) vintage scarves from France. The occasional neckerchief may join the club or the odd pocket square and unique handkerchief, all in fabulous silk of course. The occasional blend may be included, like silk-linen or silk-wool, but only when truly special. I check and test all my scarves for silk type (and to be sure it is silk), especially if there is no tag. There are many types of silk, in thickness, quality, sheen, weave and texture, from paper-like to super soft.

Wrapping: All my items are uniquely and beautifully packaged prior to sending.
Personal messages can be added if sending as a gift. Simply mark your purchase as a Gift to add this free option. Additional Extra Special Gift Wrapping is available, which packages it up with ribbons, and includes a gift tag.
I can send directly to a recipient if preferred. Simply write their name and address instead of yours in the address field. Or Direct Message me with the information.

Age of Silk Scarves ~
I have a particular passion for scarves from the 1950s & 60s, with their hand rolled and sewn edges and uniqueness of design. The quality of silk from this era is superb, often wonderfully thick (for silk).

The 1970s & 80s tend towards finer silks, raw and chiffon. More delicate in style, but still wonderfully long lasting.

And older - Scarves from the 1930s or prior World War II are usually smaller and of a thinner, lighter weight silk. Scarves from the later 1940s particularly lent themselves to roses in trend.

Older still - Antique scarves tend toward more texture, whether in the silk or the design. Scarves prior 1930 are quite difficult to find, especially though not impossibly in good condition. Expect to pay more for an authentic antique scarf in good condition.

The size of the scarf is often also indicative of the age or era, with scarves after the 1920s starting small and gaining in size each decade.

Cleaning Silk -
It is possible to hand wash most silk scarves. The older the scarf the better in this case. Quality Scarves from before 1970 hold their colour exceptionally well. After 1970, or hand painted, the colour is much more likely to bleed. It is always best to test a corner first, preferably a dark colour. If the colour is not stable, dry cleaning is recommended.

I clean all my silk scarves before photographing. Depending on how they have been stored and taken care of during their life can sometimes mean marks are ingrained and one must way up the severity of cleaning against the delicacy of the type of silk.

You can iron or steam all silk scarves. Use a clean iron with steam setting on high. Iron on the reverse side whenever possible. Avoid ironing any 3 dimensional embellishments. Test a corner first, before ironing the whole scarf, if you have never pressed silk before.

For awareness ~
It is actually very rare to find an authentic vintage scarf in pristine condition. If you are looking to purchase, particularly a designer scarf, be aware that if it is over a half a century old and the condition is 'like new' (without a reason why), it is very probably a fake. Prices don't always reflect genuineness, but condition often will.

I classify anything below 65 cm (25.5 inches) as a neckerchief and below 40 cm (16 inches) as a pocket square. Both of which make great hair ties or purse accessories, too.

Vintage is over 20 years old and antique is over 100 years of age.

I am always seeking the unique, the unusual and those that are particularly special, to offer you in my shop.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 3, 2022

What makes a French Silk Scarf so special? Discover with me types of silks, as well as 20+ ways to wear them (men and women) and even some lesser known French designers of scarves I can truly recommend ...

Research and Writings On French Silk Scarves:
* Discover French Scarves: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/scarf/
(includes 20 ways to wear a scarf for Women)
* What makes a French Silk Scarf so Special? https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk-scarf/
(includes 11 ways to wear a scarf for Men)
* French Designers: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/lesser-known-french-designers/
* All about French Silk: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk/
* Asymmetrical Style Scarves: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/asymmetrical-style/
* All my related French Silk Scarf writings: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/tag/vintage-scarves/

'French Silk Scarf' offers silk (soie) vintage scarves from France. The occasional neckerchief may join the club or the odd pocket square and unique handkerchief, all in fabulous silk of course. The occasional blend may be included, like silk-linen or silk-wool, but only when truly special. I check and test all my scarves for silk type (and to be sure it is silk), especially if there is no tag. There are many types of silk, in thickness, quality, sheen, weave and texture, from paper-like to super soft.

Wrapping: All my items are uniquely and beautifully packaged prior to sending.
Personal messages can be added if sending as a gift. Simply mark your purchase as a Gift to add this free option. Additional Extra Special Gift Wrapping is available, which packages it up with ribbons, and includes a gift tag.
I can send directly to a recipient if preferred. Simply write their name and address instead of yours in the address field. Or Direct Message me with the information.

Age of Silk Scarves ~
I have a particular passion for scarves from the 1950s & 60s, with their hand rolled and sewn edges and uniqueness of design. The quality of silk from this era is superb, often wonderfully thick (for silk).

The 1970s & 80s tend towards finer silks, raw and chiffon. More delicate in style, but still wonderfully long lasting.

And older - Scarves from the 1930s or prior World War II are usually smaller and of a thinner, lighter weight silk. Scarves from the later 1940s particularly lent themselves to roses in trend.

Older still - Antique scarves tend toward more texture, whether in the silk or the design. Scarves prior 1930 are quite difficult to find, especially though not impossibly in good condition. Expect to pay more for an authentic antique scarf in good condition.

The size of the scarf is often also indicative of the age or era, with scarves after the 1920s starting small and gaining in size each decade.

Cleaning Silk -
It is possible to hand wash most silk scarves. The older the scarf the better in this case. Quality Scarves from before 1970 hold their colour exceptionally well. After 1970, or hand painted, the colour is much more likely to bleed. It is always best to test a corner first, preferably a dark colour. If the colour is not stable, dry cleaning is recommended.

I clean all my silk scarves before photographing. Depending on how they have been stored and taken care of during their life can sometimes mean marks are ingrained and one must way up the severity of cleaning against the delicacy of the type of silk.

You can iron or steam all silk scarves. Use a clean iron with steam setting on high. Iron on the reverse side whenever possible. Avoid ironing any 3 dimensional embellishments. Test a corner first, before ironing the whole scarf, if you have never pressed silk before.

For awareness ~
It is actually very rare to find an authentic vintage scarf in pristine condition. If you are looking to purchase, particularly a designer scarf, be aware that if it is over a half a century old and the condition is 'like new' (without a reason why), it is very probably a fake. Prices don't always reflect genuineness, but condition often will.

I classify anything below 65 cm (25.5 inches) as a neckerchief and below 40 cm (16 inches) as a pocket square. Both of which make great hair ties or purse accessories, too.

Vintage is over 20 years old and antique is over 100 years of age.

I am always seeking the unique, the unusual and those that are particularly special, to offer you in my shop.

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"The wondrous thing about tie dye designs is no two are ever the same.\nPure 1970s vintage style that is so on trend, yet unique."
"The wondrous thing about the 1960s is the mid century modern patterns. Not to mention attention to detail. When it comes as a scarf, it becomes wearable art. Gorgeous, unique, stylish and sustainable fashion as a bonus."
"There's a dreamy style of scarf particular to the early 70s of chiffon silk layered on habotai silk. The chiffon has the design, whilst the fine habotai silk is a matching or complimentary solid colour. \nI love when I find these as they truly are unique."
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About FrenchSilkScarf

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Did you know there are more than 50 ways (maybe even 100) to tie a scarf?

A scarf is an opportunity to wear art. It packages up small and is easily transportable. It can be the colours that pull an outfit together, or a statement against a monochrome background. A scarf has such versatility in how it's worn, whether by a man or woman. It can be your jewellery, protection against the chill night air, or keep hair out of your eyes in an open top car. It is the ultimate accessory.

11 reasons why a French Silk Scarf is so special - https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk-scarf/ (which includes 11 ways to tie a scarf for Men)

and to my mind, Why a Scarf is better than Jewellery -
https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/scarf/ (which includes 20 ways for a woman to wear a scarf)

My other Research and Writings On French Silk Scarves:
* French Designers: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/lesser-known-french-designers/
* All about French Silk: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk/
* Asymmetrical Style Scarves: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/asymmetrical-style/
* All my French Silk Scarf writings: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/tag/vintage-scarves/

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    I adore 1950s clothes, especially scarves. Wearable art. And versatile. I love all things vintage for the quality, the uniqueness. Visit our other shop Pumpjack & Piddlewick for more vintage finds. www.etsy.com/shop/PumpjackPiddlewick

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Types and Quality of Silk

Quality scarves from the 1950s & 60s, tend to have hand rolled and sewn edges and a certain uniqueness of design. The quality of silk from this era is superb, wonderfully thick (for silk).

The 1970s & 80s tend towards finer silks, raw and chiffon. More delicate in style, but still wonderfully long lasting.

Sizing details

We classify anything below 65 cm (25.5 inches) as a neckerchief and below 40 cm (16 inches) as a pocket square.

For all our silk items, you will find the size in centimeters and inches in the listing description for your convenience.

What does Vintage mean?

Vintage or Antique means not new / used / second hand / previously owned.

Vintage is older than 20 years and less than 100 years old.
Antique is over 100 years old, eg before 1920.
Retro is a style statement, generally referring to the latter half of the 20th century and often particularly the 1950s and 60s.

We do our best to describe each item accurately, including any imperfections. We use the pictures to try and show you all aspects of the item. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or request additional photos.

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My packaging is all recyclable. I also try to use packaging that can easily be re-used.