The Handmade Scarf, Most Versatile of Textiles

The Handmade Scarf, Most Versatile of Textiles
01/13/2017 Rachel
Handmade scarves on Artizan Made
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When humans figured out how to make fabric, they also invented the scarf. Whether thick and warm or light and sheer, almost every culture has adopted the scarf as an integral part of their costume. Aside from the obvious practical reasons scarves have in providing warmth and protection, they have also been used to show status, provenance, wealth, religion, and culture.

Abdul Wardak with turban

Abdul Wardak with turban, a loong time ago!

Abdul Wardak, owner of Afghan Tribal Arts (one of our Artizan shops), explained how important the turban has been for nomadic men. Undeniably the longest “scarf” accessory used to this day, he talked about how a turban serves as protection, like a helmet. If you fall off your horse, you land on a pillow. If you get wounded, you have loads of bandaging at your disposal. If you need a blanket, you can unravel the turban and use it for warmth. If you need to carry things, you can make use it as a sling or bundle. Whatever the case, turbans have come in handy for many travelers over the centuries.

 

TURBAN VENDORS. Samarkand, 1871-72. Long, narrow turban cloth of fine muslin was woven locally and also imported from India and England. The cloth bazaar was one of the largest in the market, with each merchant usually selling a specific type of cloth. There were stalls for locally woven stripes (alacha and bekasab); hand-loomed plain-weave cotton (karbos); block-prints (chit); ikat; Russian printed cotton (sitetz), etc. (photograph from the Library of Congress)

TURBAN VENDORS. Samarkand, 1871-72. Long, narrow turban cloth of fine muslin was woven locally and also imported from India and England. The cloth bazaar was one of the largest in the market, with each merchant usually selling a specific type of cloth. There were stalls for locally woven stripes (alacha and bekasab); hand-loomed plain-weave cotton (karbos); block-prints (chit); ikat; Russian printed cotton (sitetz), etc. (photograph from the Library of Congress)

 

 

 

For the rest of us, most scarves are much smaller, either a large square or a long rectangular shape. For textile artists, these are perfect sizes to make small, functional works. Fabric can be painted, dyed, printed, embroidered, and sewn. Perfect projects for weavers, scarves can also be knit, felted, crocheted and made out of almost any textile technique and fiber material. In my opinion, you can never have enough scarves! I have them all over my house, using them as art on the walls, as table runners and on dressers.

And, of course, scarves make perfect gifts! They might finish off a simple outfit in a new way, match a coat, or end up as a decorative piece. When you wear a scarf or shawl, it is like wearing a hug from the maker or giver. Our Artizan Shops have beautiful scarves waiting for a new home.

Here are just some of our handmade scarves:

(Click on the images to visit their shops or sites)

Many of our Artizan Shops are on Etsy and we have created a destination there. We have over 200 handmade scarves listed there at the time of this posting. Click to shop on Etsy. 

If you are looking for a handmade scarf, we are confident that you will find an Artizan Made beauty!

 

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