Classic European Square Scarves Or Oblong Stoles?

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Development of classic European square scarves

As early as 3000 BC, Egyptians used waist cloth, fringed skirts, ancient Greek cloth clothing and other traces can be found similar to the scarf, it can be said that the history of classic european square scarves begins with a piece of cloth. Square Scarves was not initially used as a decoration, but to keep out the cold as the main function. About before the Middle Ages, began in northern Europe or ancient northern France and other places, these cloth scarves are considered to be the ancestors of modern scarves. After the middle of the 16th century, the original warm function was gradually replaced by decoration, light silk became the mainstream, and later gradually evolved into the so-called Fichu,IKerchief1 and so on.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, silk scarves were mainly used as headscarves, often combined with hat ornaments. By the end of the 17th century, various ornate triangular scarves with lace, gold thread and silver thread hand-embroidered appeared. European women put them on their arms and around their necks, tied knots under the neck or chest, fixed with flowers, and played the role of warmth and decoration. Many princes and nobles also decorate their male demeanor with scarves and become his and hers scarves. At the end of the 18th century, the triangular scarf gradually evolved into an oblong stoles, which can be tied around the chest and tied at the back, with a material of thin cotton or fine linen.

For two hundred years, the development of classic european square scarves was almost in its infancy, until the end of the 18th century, Napoleon led a French army from the sea to Egypt, accidentally introduced shawls for France, which made shawls become the most important accessories in 19th century clothing. But at that time, shawls were so expensive that only a few people could afford them. During the Anglo-French War, France was unable to import shawls, so it began to imitate. Since then, for nearly a hundred years, the colorful scarfset has almost become a part of clothes.

Shawls are not only popular in France. Britain, which has frequent contacts with Asia, is also deeply affected by it. With the French Revolution and the British Industrial Revolution, the industry in continental Europe slowly developed, replacing handmade scarves. Machine-made shawls and scarves were mass-produced, originally unique luxury goods for aristocrats, and customized scarves such as lightweight summer scarves began to play an important role in the wardrobe of ordinary women.

It was not until the 20th century that women fully realized the higher value of using silk scarves, and small scarves for women began to accompany women to take to the streets and enter the workplace. Over the past three hundred years, women’s concept of scarves has gradually changed. Classic european square scarves replaced large hats with ribbons or headscarves wrapped around their hair, and shawls are no longer a necessary clothing accessory. Some women lose their long hair and wear headscarves and caps, with custom sik bandanas decorated between their hair and headscarves.

With the development of customize scarf(, countries also have different styles of patterns and designs, such as Thai silk scarves, which are different from classic european square scarves. Thai silk scarves may have many different patterns, from loose or neatly arranged stars, moons and stars. The artistry of Thai silk scarves has the characteristics of diversity. Other pictures often seen on Thai silk towels, such as bird libraries perched on dense branches, scenes of traditional rural life, or Buddhist temples.

Custom scarves VS. Oblong stoles

In the fashion world, each term represents a very different thing and purpose, so to make it easier for you, we emphasize some unique benefits of each term.

You may see or hear from time to time that oblong stoles is called a scarf. Both are generally square fabrics, but the shape of the oblong stoles is rectangular, and scarves are traditionally worn in winter and shorter days. In fact, scarves are one of the most popular fashion accessories in the world in winter. The length and width of the scarf may be slightly shorter than that of the oblong stoles scarf. Most scarves are used to wrap around your head or neck, while stoles is a long piece of cloth, usually rectangular or square, but it can also be triangular.

Oblong stoles scarves are usually lighter than scarves and can be used in different occasions. Oblong stoles can be described as a long shawl, usually worn by a woman, loosely placed on her shoulder. The word stoles actually comes from the ancient Roman stola, which is the female version of toga. We can think of the oblong stoles as a lighter, more formal shawl. However, the oblong stoles may not be as wide as the shawl, but it is long enough, usually between 2-4 feet wide and 5-6 feet long, to be draped around the body.

Stoles is versatile, usually made of lighter materials, can add a touch of bright color to clothing. The scarf is thicker than oblong stoles. Oblong stoles may also be seen throughout the year, not just in the autumn / winter series. On those long summer nights, it can be draped over its shoulders, sit outdoors, or take it to the seaside, or as a decoration during picnics, increase the function of blocking the sun, and have a more casual atmosphere.

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