The Handmade Scarf, Most Versatile of Textiles

The Handmade Scarf, Most Versatile of Textiles
12/04/2017 Rachel
Handmade scarves on Artizan Made

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:

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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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Handmade Scarves from our Market:

Scarf Category

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    Lavender Infinity Scarf, handknit scarf, handknit accessory

    Lavender Infinity Scarf

    Infinity scarf featuring stripes of lavender, purple, green, and turquoise Temari balls and fine handknits by India Tresselt. www.yarndancevt.com This listing on Artizan Made links over to my shop on Etsy. You will be able to see what I have in stock there.
    $150.00 Sold By Yarndance
    $150.00
  • Teal and Taupe Discharged Itajime Shibori Silk Charmeuse Scarf
    $120.00
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    Teal and Taupe Discharged Itajime Shibori Silk Charmeuse Scarf

    This silk feels as smooth as a babbling brook! Created by first taking black silk charmeuse and binding it using the itajime method of shibori resist. I then exposed the fabric to a discharging solution which took the color out of the unexposed areas of the silk and gave it the taupe color you see here. Dimensions: Length 69" x Width 17" Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.
    $120.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch
    $120.00
  • Recycled PomPom Necktie Scarf- Vintage Silk and Polyester: Steel Grey
    Yellow
    $36.00
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    Recycled PomPom Necktie Scarf- Vintage Silk and Polyester: Steel Grey, Yellow, Orange, Tie #7

    Two vintage ties have been recycled into an art scarf with colorful Pom Poms which I made myself.
    $36.00 Sold By Rayela Art
    $36.00
  • Grided Layers Handpainted Tight-Twisted Seersucker Silk Triangle Scarf
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    Grided Layers Handpainted Tight-Twisted Seersucker Silk Triangle Scarf

    This colorful triangle scarf was created by hand-painting and silkscreening tight twisted seersucker silk with fiber reactive dyes. Great to throw over a plain outfit to add some interest and zest! Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.
    $45.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch
    $45.00
  • Magenta Silk Organza Scarf
    Magenta Silk Organza Scarf
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    Magenta Triple Layer Silk Organza Scarf

    Three layers of silk organza are woven together on a loom to create this sheer scarf. The result is a silk tube which can be pulled apart and fashioned in different ways. The magenta hue comes from cochineal natural dye.  The scarf is washable and colorfast. Dimensions:  68:" Long, 24" Wide Click on the Visit button to go to my Jane Porter Fashion Shop.
    $45.00 Sold By Jane Porter Fashion
    $45.00
  • Handwoven fringed windowpane scarf
    Fringed scarf THE BLUES
    $25.00
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    Fringed Womens Scarf

    Handwoven Fringed Gossamer Women's Scarf Click on the Visit our Website button to see what we have in stock.
    $25.00 Sold By MayaMamWeavers
    $25.00
  • Tussah silk shawl
    Tussah silk shawl
    $65.00
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    Tussah Silk Shawl Emerald Green

    This emerald green silk shawl will take you from the office to the evening.  Handwoven with tussah silk, the rich verdant shade is versatile for many outfits. Dimensions:  80"  Long, 21" Wide   Click on the Visit button to go to my Jane Porter Fashion Shop.
    $65.00 Sold By Jane Porter Fashion
    $65.00
  • mohair scarf
    mohair scarf
    $39.00
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    Mohair Scarf Purple Blue

    This mohair scarf has a  gorgeous mix of blues and purple hues knit into cascading ruffles.  It is very soft and comfortable to wear. Great with blue jeans, or wear to the office. Click on the Visit button to go to my Jane Porter Fashion Shop.
    $39.00 Sold By Jane Porter Fashion
    $39.00
  • Orchard Itajime shibori silk triangle scarf.
    $45.00
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    Orchard Itajime Shibori Silk Triangle Scarf

    Blend into your garden when you tie this around your neck. Made of stone-washed silk crepe, it is smooth, light and a delightful addition to an outfit. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.
    $45.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch
    $45.00
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    Coral Infinity Scarf, handknit scarf, handknit accessory

    Coral Infinity Scarf

    Wool and silk blend infinity scarf in coral shades Temari balls and fine handknits by India Tresselt. www.yarndancevt.com This listing on Artizan Made links over to my shop on Etsy. You will be able to see what I have in stock there.
    $150.00 Sold By Yarndance
    $150.00
  • Mayamam bright colors wrap
    $66.00
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    Kimono Style Wrap

    Boho lightweight kimono style wrap Click on the Visit our Website button to see what we have in stock.
    $66.00 Sold By MayaMamWeavers
    $66.00
  • Hand Woven silk shawl
    Hand Woven silk shawl
    $60.00
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    Wedding Wrap Lemon Yellow Tussah Silk Wrap

    I dyed this hand woven tussah silk shawl with osage natural dye to create a brilliant lemon yellow color. The shawl is hand woven in a fair trade village in India.  The weaver incorporated inlaid linear designs throughout the shawl.  Washable, colorfast. Dimensions:  76"  Long, 24" Wide   Click on the Visit button to go to my Jane Porter Fashion Shop.
    $60.00 Sold By Jane Porter Fashion
    $60.00
  • cotton silk wrap honey amber
    cotton silk wrap honey amber
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    Cotton Silk Wrap Honey Amber

    A mix of Osage and Cochineal natural dyes made a honey amber color on this silk cotton wrap.  The fabric has a check pattern which plays with light.  The cotton yarn gives a matte look, while the silk reflects a soft glow.   Wear this to the office, out to dinner,  casual or resort wear.  The honey amber color looks great with cream, white and navy.    Washable, soft and comfortable. Dimensions:  72" Long without the Fringe, 20" Wide Click on the Visit button to go to my Jane Porter Fashion Shop.
    $45.00 Sold By Jane Porter Fashion
    $45.00
  • CherScapes-Hand-Dyed-Silk-Scarf
    CherScapes hand dyed scarf silk green
    $75.00
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    CherScapes Hand Dyed Scarves

    Cheryl Rezendes of CherScapes sells hand dyed scarves, fabric, garments, stencils and finished garments in her shop on Etsy. Bernardston, MA, United States. [caption id="attachment_4926" align="alignleft" width="700"]CherScapes - Cheryl Rezendes CherScapes - Cheryl Rezendes[/caption]
    $75.00
    $75.00
  • dry flat.
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    Spring Fling Infinity Scarf, handknit scarf, handknit accessory

    Spring Fling Infinity Scarf

    Infinity scarf in lightweight merino wool in spring shades of pinks and greens Temari balls and fine handknits by India Tresselt. www.yarndancevt.com This listing on Artizan Made links over to my shop on Etsy. You will be able to see what I have in stock there.
    $150.00 Sold By Yarndance
    $150.00
  • Pale Jade and Cinnabar Infinity Itijame Shibori
    $100.00
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    Pale Jade and Cinnabar Infinity Itijame Shibori

    This beautiful jade and cinnabar silk charmeuse infinity scarf was created by hand-dyeing with acid dyes utilizing the itajime method of shibori resist. Diameter 54″ x Width 10″ Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.
    $100.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch
    $100.00
  • Poppy Mornings Handpainted Tight-Twisted Seersucker Necklace
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    Poppy Mornings Handpainted Tight-Twisted Seersucker Necklace

    This fun piece was created by first pinning down white tight twisted silk seersucker to a table and then silkscreening and hand-painting it using thickened fiber reactive dyes until I achieved the patterns you see here! Throw it over any plain outfit to add some easy color! Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.
    $60.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch
    $60.00
  • Summer Stroll Teal and Yellow Soft Silk Shibori Triangle Scarf
    $45.00
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    Summer Stroll Teal and Yellow Soft Silk Shibori Triangle Scarf

    This colorful triangle scarf was created by binding white fabric using the Itajime Shibori resists. It was then dyed using a couple of different fiber reactive dyes until I got the result you see here. My triangle scarves are great to throw over a plain outfit to add some interest and dimension! Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.
    $45.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch
    $45.00
  • Summer Stroll Teal and Yellow Soft Silk Shibori Necklace
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    Summer Stroll Teal and Yellow Soft Silk Shibori Necklace

    This colorful triangle necklace was created by binding white fabric using Itajime Shibori resists. It was then dyed using a couple of different fiber reactive dyes until I got the result you see here. My triangle necklaces are great to throw over a plain outfit to add some interest and dimension! Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.
    $60.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch
    $60.00
  • infinity scarf
    infinity scarf
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    Infinity Scarf Black Velvet Green Paisley

    One of our most popular infinity scarves, the black silk velvet paired with green paisley charmeuse can be worn from officer to evening.  Great for the fall, winter, and holidays. Click on the Visit button to go to my Jane Porter Fashion Shop.
    $45.00 Sold By Jane Porter Fashion
    $45.00

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