Evening Scarves and shawls!
Throughout man’s history nothing could have been more interesting than the clothes he wears. Primarily used to cover the body and provide ample protection against varying forms of harm, clothes have come a long way from our primitive club-wielding relatives. Shawls, scarves, toles, and other similar garments have moved well beyond these functions, too. They have now become one of the most important tools for improving one’s overall physical appearance.
A shawl is a piece of fabric or cloth that is worn across the shoulders to keep the body warm, like a jacket worn over our shoulder, sans the sleeves of course. Scarves also have the same function while toles have taken a more ceremonial meaning to its existence. Yet these pieces of garment have long shed their utilitarian role and take on a more modern role in functional fashion.
These garments are not at all new in the fashion industry as they were worn by the royalty as well as the rich and influential peoples of the ancient world. Made from the wool of a mountain goat high up in the Himalayas, these garments were more of a protective covering against the bitter cold in those regions. However, as these garments were literally hand spun and hand woven into masterful creations, it did not take long before it captured the fascination of the world’s elite. As such, it became one of the economic movers of several regions in both ancient Persia and India. With the craftsmanship of shawls, from these regions as second to none, it became obvious that artisans should do well to hone their skills.
Technology and the growth of skill enhancements further made this accessory into something that is worthy of royal use. Kings, queens, princes and princesses were known to have worn such garments in their royal functions. Men of social importance showed their preeminence through the shawl that they wear. Back then, it was a status symbol, an indicator of one’s status and importance in life.
With the opening of the Silk Road traversing across the vast plains of Central Asia, the fine and quality workmanship of the shawl found a new following in France and other European countries. By this time, the demand for such and other similar items have grown exponentially that artisans from India found it difficult to supply. Because the growing demand needed to be addressed, other nations began with their own shawl making industry, hiring artisans from well known shawl producing communities in India and the Himalayas. This brought forth an entirely different kind of shawl both in design and in composition. This also spurred the development of newer technologies in order to succeed in the growing competition.
Now, shawls have clearly emerged from the shadows of utilitarian fashion to one of aesthetic fashion. Nonetheless, they still provide the same function as they were originally intended to, but with the added benefit of looking glamorous, elegant and sophisticated in the clothing the modern man is wearing. This is important especially for the career woman of today who may find it necessary to project a sense of power. Interior designers are also beginning to take on this piece of fabric as an important accessory essential for making an otherwise dull looking home into something truly elegant. The artistic elegance and sophistication of the shawls have been found very instrumental in the transformations occurring in almost every modern home.
Not only is this used to accent one’s home, its intricate designs have been carefully integrated in building designs to bring out the natural beauty in the different structural elements of the building. This simply means that shawls have clearly transcended the limitations of its primary function to one that is responsive to the changes of the modern times.
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