Scarves were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarves, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women.
1350 B.C. Egyptian Queen Nefertiti wears a finely woven scarf topped by a conical headdress.
1000 B.C. Chinese sculptures feature scarf-like fringed, rectangular pieces of cloth.
60 A.D. The Emperor Nero rarely appears in public without a Sudarium around his neck.
1261: Egyptians adopt a dance style known today as belly dancing. Costumes include a scarf-like belt worn low on hips.
1700: The French wear colorful scarves and call them “cravats” from the Croatian word “kravata”. It becomes popular to demonstrate political support by the color of one’s scarf.
1786: Napoleon Bonaparte is said to send his first wife Josephine de Beauharnais cashmere scarves from India during his travels.
1810: Renowned composer Beethoven falls in love with Therese Malfatti and in hopes to win her heart adopts a new look including fashionable suits, shirts and silk neck scarves.
1837: Hermes, French ready-to-wear retailer famous for its graphic silk scarves, is born.
1856: Burberry, maker of iconic plaid scarves, is founded.
1914: The knitting of scarves becomes a patriotic wartime duty in United States.
1930: Fur scarves are at the height of fashion in France.
2004: France passes a law that bans the wearing of Muslim headscarves in public schools.
2012: Fabryan launches first collection of luxury silk scarves
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