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How to hand wash your silk scarf

Even though tags on silk scarves often suggest dry cleaning, you can wash your silk scarves yourself with mild cleaning products and water. This is the “Joyeuse Forêt Pink and Orange Silk Scarf ” from our unique collection.

The scarf you see in this video is its first wash. Notice that there is not a shred of color in the water.

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Ways to tie a silk scarf

There are many different scarves for many different purposes that you can play with. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of tying scarves it but well worth the effort.

The head wrap

  1. Fold the square scarf diagonally, forming a large triangle.
  2. Hold up the scarf and place the center on your forehead.
  3. Pull the ends to the back of your head and tie it in a single- or double knot.
  4. Adjust the wrap.

The muffler

  1. Fold the scarf diagonally, forming a large triangle.
  2. Put the ends of the triangle behind your neck and tie it.
  3. Either let the ends hang down your back, or pull them to the front and tuck them in.
  4. Adjust the muffler.

The ascot

  1. Place the scarf around your neck, with the ends hanging on each side in front.
  2. Fold one end of the scarf over the other end twice.
  3. On the last fold, bring the end through the large loop around your neck.
  4. Spread the top knot so it covers the underneath layer.
  5. Adjust the ascot.

The French knot

  1. Place the scarf around your neck, with the ends hanging in back.
  2. Cross the ends and pull them to the front.
  3. Tie a loose knot in front.
  4. Tie a second tighter knot.
  5. Adjust the knots.

The square knot

  1. Open the scarf to full length.
  2. Place it around your neck in back and allow the ends to hang in front.
  3. Tie the scarf’s ends in front of you once.
  4. Tie the ends again with the opposite end on the top.
  5. Tighten the knot and adjust it.

Ponytail wrap

  1. Wrap your scarf around your ponytail (ends up).
  2. Tie the ends a few times for security.

Regardless of which tie you choose, be sure to consider your own style.

The great thing about scarves is that you can adjust them to your preference and purpose. Play with different fabrics and designs. You may find that for any outfit you have a good scarf tied just right is the perfect addition to complete your look!

The fascinating history of silk

When you hear the word “silk” you may think of it as one type of fabric. In reality though, silk is a blanket term that has a wide range of beautiful variations. Some popular types of silk are habotai, chiffon, georgette, organza, brocade, and taffeta. Each one has its own characteristics that make it unique. When you look for a silk scarf, there are three factors to consider about the fabric: type, weight and weave. You can have fabric made from the same source and weave it into a totally different cloth.

Types of silk

As stated, there are a wide varieties of silk and each one has its advantages. For example, brocade is known as a heavy silk. It is jacquard and sometimes designed with small metal pieces woven in. It is particularly good for jackets and outerwear due to its durability. Another heavier silk is Peau de Soie which has a high-satin finish. It also is considered to be heavy and durable and very soft to touch.

When it comes to scarves, lighter types of silk are used. Of course there is variation here also. Some scarves are light and used solely for fashion. Others are used in cold weather to not only look good, but also to keep you warm and toasty in the cold. You are going to find a wide range of types of silk fabric used in making silk scarves.

There also is a term “spun silk” you may hear. This means silk that has short silk threading spun together to create a long filament. It is a slightly lower quality of silk and usually is in the “washable silk” category. On the other hand “raw silk” refers to silk that is spun and has been brushed to give it a cotton-like texture.


The weight of silk also contributes to the outcome. Momme is a term used to describe it. Silk with 6 momme or mm, is very fine and suitable for fine scarves. Silk with 22 momme is much heavier and more suitable for suits.

You should do your own research with weights. You may find that you prefer one type of weight over another.


Weave is another important quality of fabric. Silk is woven fabric. Depending on that weave though, your silk will vary in durability and strength. Here are a few weaves used to make silk cloth:

  • Herringbone. A popular weave due to how durable it makes fabric. It is achieved via diagonal ribbing switched back and forth to create lines that are parallel but slope in opposing directions.
  • Rib.  A variation of the plain type of weave where yarns in opposing directions are different weights, to achieve a fine diagonal line in the fabric.
  • Plain. The yarn runs in a normal over-under manner throughout the entire piece.
  • Dobby. A special loom creates this weave producing small geometric figures.
  • Satin. Uses floating yarn to create that shimmery and smooth finish.
  • Jacquard. An intricate method of weaving that creates intricate designs within the fabric.
  • Twill. A high-durability fabric using double-thread that appears to have diagonal lines running throughout.

Silk is a natural fabric and you will see small variations in some silk weaves. This is normal and you will know that it is not made from synthetic fiber.