A Guide to Textile Accessories
Fall is about to arrive and that means it’s almost warm scarf season! Scarves are versatile in fashion and historically used for a variety of reasons from cleanliness, status, and warmth. Can you differentiate between a “cowl” to a “snood?” A “tube” from a “circle” scarf? Be prepared this fall and holiday season with part 1 of a 4 part series - “Scarf Terminology.”
Let’s define and debunk these terms:
Caramel Scarf from Herascarf
Scarf: ”a broad band of cloth worn about the shoulders, around the neck, or over the head.” The Ancient Romans were one of the first to use scarves, not for warmth but to keep clean. The Chinese also used it to identify officials and warrior ranks. Scarves were not used as a fashion accessory until the 19th century. A smaller version of the longer scarf is referred to as a “scarflette.”
Amelia Cowl from rinaberges
Cowl: a : a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk, b : a draped neckline on a woman’s garment.
Infinity Loop Scarf from FoxenbergScarves
Infinity/Circle/Eternity/Loop: a long piece of fabric in a continuous loop. Can be wrapped twice around the neck .
Green Tube Scarf from mmHm
Snood: European female headgear, or hairnet, later known as a tubular neck scarf in the 1960’s.
Tube: A piece of fabric shaped into a long tube to be worn around the neck or as a hood. See Cowl.
So tube and cowl scarves can be a circle scarf, but an infinity scarf cannot be either of those. Either way, colorful scarves can add color and texture to your favorite tees - a great way to welcome the autumn season!