Can Someone Explain to Me the Process of Making Hermes Scarf Please?

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  1. I'm really interested in this but haven't actually found detailed answer yet. I've read some short description, saw some video on youtube (the one showing the demo in the mall, but it's blurry and short) but that's about it.

    For example, is it correct to say that the amount of screens needed to make a complete scarf is the same as the amount of different shade of colours?
    For example, if you see a scarf with 6 different colour shades altogether, that means to make that scarf, it has to be processed through 6 different colouring steps?

    We have lots of Hermes crazies here in this forum, there must be someone who really understands the process of making the scarf? :biggrin: Well at least I think it's good to know a thing or two about your scarf collection... Thanks guys!
  2. From Martha Stewart:

    An artist or designer and seven skilled craftsmen and women (a silkworm breeder, weaver, engraver, colorist, printer, enoblisseur, and hand roller) are involved in the making of each scarf, which takes approximately two years to produce from design concept to engraving, printing, and finishing.

    The luxurious scarves are made using silk from breeders in China and Brazil. Hermes weaving and printing factories are in Lyon, France. About 8 silkworm cocoons are needed to make one thread of Hermes' heavy, soft silk. Washing, spinning, and weaving take place before printing can begin.

    An engraver breaks down the scarf design into as many colors as the finished scarf will contain (one screen per color for upwards of 36 colors). Engraving the scarf design takes about 800 hours. Printing takes place on 100-meter long tables, where colors are printed one after the other from lightest to darkest and smallest area to largest area of the scarf's design. The printed scarves are then fixed, washed, ironed and cut out, scarf by scarf, before the hems are rolled by hand in a process which takes about 40 minutes per scarf.
  3. In her book The One Hundred, Nina Garcia has a great description of the work that goes into one H scarf. Too long to retype here, but it's a good perspective!
  4. wow! that is just crazy.
    It's amazing how people walk into the boutiques to purchase these scarves and most of them wouldn't know the hard work that goes behind each one.
    I remember showing my DBF the hermes scarf online and he nearly passed out from the price, and now I just read to him the process behind these beauties.
    He said "holy cow, it's definitely worth it then" :P
  5. I had the privilege of visiting the Hermes silk factory in Lyon when I was 15 during an exchange programme... It was amaaaaaazing... And yes djmm, every colour you see on the scarf requires a separate screen!
  6. I see... thanks guys. Next time I'd better get the more colourful ones, more value for money! haha..
  7. I'm glad you raised this subject Djmm it is fascinating to read how it all comes together!