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The Top 7 Myths About Handmade Silk Scarves

Updated on August 21, 2015

There is no society or culture without myths. Even modern day life has urban myths. The same holds true about silk shawls and scarves. Below, you will discover some of the more common tales about this beautiful fabric and the actual truth that will disperse them.

Myth #1 – Silk scarves are limited in their usage


Contrary to popular belief, silk scarves rank among the most versatile of all accessories. The amount of uses is truly astounding - from draping over the shoulders and around the hips to covering the hair and adding accents to purses and hats.

Myth #2 – All silk scarves are square shaped


There is no single shape for a silk scarf. They come in different sizes and shapes making it ideal and simple to fashion a certain look. A square scarf ties easily around the neck while a longer piece of fabric is ideally suited for creating a sarong for beachwear.

Myth #3 – Silk scarves are for summer not winter wear


Silk has acted as an insulator for garments for centuries. It is one of the warmest fabrics available.

Myth #4 – The designs of handmade silk scarves are really printed


Hand-painted scarves are exactly that – hand-painted. The process is an intricate one requiring careful blocking of the fabric with wax before the application of silk dyes using delicate brush strokes.

Myth #5 – Hand painted silk scarves are costly


It is actually amazing that silk scarves are as inexpensive as they are. The material is 100% pure silk. The amount of skill and creativity involved in creating the final product from hand painting to dying makes its price comparable to the mass-produced and even printed designer labeled scarves.

Myth #6 – Hand painted silk scarves are not color-fast


The final process before washing, involves steaming the silk scarf. This has a double purpose: to eliminate the wax edges and to set the dye.

After the final washing, the remaining color is both strong and color-fast.

Myth #7 – Hand painted silk scarves are hard to look after


There is no elaborate system to take care of a hand painted silk scarf. Simply wash the fabric with a gentle soap solution by hand. If you wish, put in a smidgeon of vinegar to the second to last rinse. This will not only which not only deactivate any soap remaining in the article but also make brighter the material and bring back its natural sheen. When you have completed washing the fabric, roll it in a dry towel. This will eliminate any surplus water. Finally, lie it out flat to dry before ironing the reverse side of the material using an iron set at its coolest.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Absolutely mangificient. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I would not have known that handpainted silk scarves can be washed! Voted up and useful.


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