Silk Scarf: A Fashionable Accessory

Silk scarves are not only a fashionable choice, but they also have a long history and cultural significance. In ancient China, silk was a valuable commodity reserved for the wealthy and powerful. It was also used as a currency and was often given as a gift to symbolize wealth and status.


Today, silk scarves are still seen as a symbol of luxury and are often given as gifts to mark special occasions. They are a timeless accessory that never goes out of style and can be worn by men and women of all ages.


RESOVON deeply appreciates silk’s long history and cultural legacy. Our commitment to preserving silk’s traditional and contemporary design shows in our exquisite collection of silk scarves. This article explores the fascinating story behind silk scarves as a fashionable accessory.


A Legacy of Exquisite and Luxurious Silk Production


Silk scarfs have become symbols of femininity and elegance for over 2000 years. They are considered one of the oldest types of fashionable accessories and have a rich cultural history associated with the heritage and traditions of different countries worldwide.


Silk in Ancient China

Figure 1 – Silk in Ancient China


Silk was discovered over 5,000 years ago in ancient China. During the Han Dynasty, silk was used as imperial clothing to show wealth and power. Later, silk scarves became popular as a symbol of femininity and beauty among aristocrats and ordinary people.


In the mid-13th century, Chinese merchants expanded silk scarve manufacturing to the European industry. During the medieval period, silk was used to decorate clothes and cover hair. Silk scarves became essential to fashionable accessories in the 18th and 19th centuries.


However, silk scarves are steeped in history and symbolism and have the magical ability to elevate any outfit. With their vibrant colors, patterns, and textures, silk scarves can transform a dull ensemble into a stylish fashion statement. Whether worn around the neck, as a headband, draped over the shoulders, or as a belt, scarves effortlessly breathe life into an attire, infusing it with personality and flair.


Silk’s Unique Qualities: Reasons Why Silk Scarf is the Best Fashionable Accessory


The most exciting and primary characteristic of silk is strength. Underneath its shining fabric is the power and elegance that fools everyone. But in reality, silk is one of the most robust fabrics.


Stunning Large Silk Scarf

Figure 2 – Stunning Large Silk Scarf


The length of the fibers gives the strength of silk. Cotton and linen are made from short plant fibres that are spun together to make longer threads. Silk is cultivated from the cocoon of mulberry silkworm larvae – they can make a long, continuous thread to work with. The process is time-consuming and delicate, which explains the high cost of this fabric. You can’t pull a strand of silk into its component fibers as you can with cotton.


Of course, there are more properties of silk fibre than its strength. Some of these are:


  • Breathability. Silk is a lightweight and breathable fabric. It reduces the risk of overheating when you’re going on a long, sunny day.


  • Elasticity. With proper care, the flexibility and elasticity of silk allow it to pull itself back into shape after stretching – to some extent. But don’t stretch silk unnecessarily, or you may go too far.


  • Absorbency. Silk is fairly absorbent. Water weakens the fibers, so treat your silk carefully when you wash it. If you’re using a fabric conditioner, you’ll want something gentle, and you should always check the item’s label for washing instructions.


  • Thermal regulation. Silk is good at maintaining body temperature, which means it can help you feel cool in hot weather and warm in the cold. If you want a thin and good insulator fabric, silk is the perfect choice to add to your wardrobe.


  • Drying speed. Silk is fast-drying, making it highly practical for managing laundry or conducting daily business.


  • Shine. Silk fibres are smooth and straight, unlike wool, which has a scaliness you’ll see if you put it under a microscope. This difference makes silk smoother to the touch and shinier to the eye, with an altogether luxurious feel.


Different Types of Silk Fabric

Silk is the only continuous filament, natural fibre; like wool, it’s a protein-based fibre. The structure of silk depends on the fiber source, and this is usually either China or India. More often than not, silk used in apparel is cultivated ‘raw silk’ comprised of two smooth and transparent filament rods with a triangular-shaped cross-section (this gives silk its characteristic luster & scroopy feel – it makes a rustling sound when you rub it between your fingers!).


Tussah Silk Scarf

Figure 3 – Tussah Silk Scarf


Wild (Tussah) silk is different in appearance (coarser, thicker, flatter & broader with fine surface lines.  Together, these properties contribute to the lustrous look, excellent drape, and luxurious feel of silk.


With so many types of silk to discuss, all with their uses, quirks, and qualities, familiarising yourself with the full range of silks is no small task. For most silk lovers, it is enough to know that the most commonly used commercial silk, mulberry silk, epitomizes everything the fabric is known and loved for. However, suppose you’re just as interested in the diversity of silk as the miraculous qualities of mulberry silk. In that case, we’ve filtered down our favorites into a reasonably-sized list to introduce you to each of them.


Mulberry Silk Scarf

Figure 4 – Mulberry Silk Scarf

Mulberry Silk

The silk of choice here at Gingerlily, mulberry silk, accounts for around 90% of silk produced globally, and for good reason. Beautifully delicate, luxuriously smooth, and featuring a subtle natural sheen, mulberry silk has become a favorite for its appearance and feel. Made famous for its health and beauty benefits, including its natural temperature-regulating and hypoallergenic qualities, mulberry silk has become the leading choice for designers looking for a versatile, high-quality type of silk that can be colored and weaved into a wide range of designs.


Spider Silk Scarf

Figure 5 – Spider Silk Scarf


Spider Silk

A type of silk that has developed an almost mythic quality due to its regular appearance in fantasy novels and films, spider silk is a solid fabric that has captured the interest of researchers worldwide. As the name suggests, spider silk is produced by spider species that can produce and spin silk. While the insects use their silk to craft webs and capture prey, the impressive properties of spider silk, such as its steel-like tensile strength at a fraction of the weight, means it has potential for human usage, too.


Despite the qualities that make spider silk so exciting, it is tough to extract and process substantial amounts of it. As such, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see spider silk pajamas or bedding sets soon.


Sea Silk Scarf

Figure 6 – Sea Silk Scarf


Sea Silk

Sea silk is one of the world’s most expensive silk types, extremely fine, rare, and delicate. Unlike traditional silks such as mulberry and tussar silk produced by silkworms, sea silk is not made by any land-dwelling species. It is instead made by a specific type of mollusc, known as the ‘noble pen shell’, or Pinna nobilis. A Mediterranean species, the Pinna nobilis, creates natural fibres called byssus to anchor themselves to the sea floor. It is these threads that, once harvested, are turned into the beautiful and naturally chestnut brown-colored silk that is now so rare.


Tussar Silk Scarf

Figure 7 – Tussar Silk Scarf


Tussar Silk

A beautiful type of silk traditionally used to make sarees, tussar silk is produced by several species of silkworms belonging to the moth family. These silkworms often live within trees in wild forests, and their silk is mainly harvested in countries including China, India, Japan, and Sri Lanka.


Despite being the most like mulberry silk of the silk types we’ve discussed so far, tussar silk is considered less luxurious due to its more textured appearance and natural gold color,. While beautiful in its own right, this makes it harder to dye and rougher to the touch. Tussar silk is also not as durable as mulberry silk, which has made it a less practical choice for silk merchants.


Eri Silk Scarf

Figure 8 – Eri Silk Scarf


Eri Silk

It is not as soft as mulberry silk or as fine as sea silk, but eri silk is most well-known for its thermal properties. Shared to some degree with mulberry silk, which is also naturally temperature regulating, eri silk can keep wearers warm in the winter and cool in the summer. However, it still hasn’t become the silk of choice for fabric production. This is largely due to this type of silk’s elasticity and heavier weight, which make it feel almost wool-like to the touch. While this has made it somewhat less luxurious than other silk types, it is particularly well suited for being blended with different materials such as wool and cotton, so it is often the first choice for making silk-blend items such as curtains, bed covers, and quilts.


Muga Silk Scarf

Figure 9 – Muga Silk Scarf

Muga Silk

While many types of silk have exciting histories, Muga silk has a royal reputation worth remarking on. The preferred blend of Indian royalty, Muga silk, has been produced in the Indian state of Assam for centuries by a specific silkmoth species fed on a strict diet of aromatic som and small leaves. Featuring a naturally golden hue that is luxurious and striking, Muga silk is commonly used to make products like sarees and other traditional Indian garments.


Art Silk Scarf

Figure 10 – Art Silk Scarf


Art Silk

Unlike mulberry, muga, eri, and tussar silk, which are produced by silkworms, and spider silk and sea silk, which are made by spiders and mollusks, respectively, art silk is not a naturally-grown fiber and is instead artificially man-made. Also known as bamboo silk, art silk is the name given to any synthetic fibre resembling silk but not natural silk. Typically, you will be able to tell by looking at a product’s label to find out whether it is real silk or not, but if there is no label, then there are several ways that you can identify ‘Art Silk.’


Silk is an exquisite fabric. It’s lightweight, catches the eye, and the many tempting properties of silk mean that it feels great to wear. With so many types of silk fabric to choose from, you’re bound to find something to your tastes.


RESOVON offers a variety of silk scarves that fit your needs and fashionable style. We only source the finest mulberry silk to ensure the luxurious and unmatched elegance of our scarves. We manufacture silk scarves using a mix of traditional and modern advancements, and we have established a good relationship with the wholesale brands we work with.

How to identify artificial silk

1. Cost. Typically, artificial silk items will cost less. If the item is cheaply priced, then it is likely not genuine silk.


2. Color. Silk usually reflects some light and is coated, meaning the color will not look ‘flat’ and will shimmer. If the silk coloring looks like a flat, block color, then this is a signifier that it is artificial.


3. Smell. A highly reliable method of telling real silk from art silk is to set a few strands of the material on fire. When burning, genuine silk has a very strong smell.


4. Invisible Flame. When burnt, genuine silk will also burn with an invisible flame, stopping after removing the flame source. We do not advise setting any garments on fire, and this should only be done in a safe and controlled environment. However, we have listed it here as this is a known method of testing.


5.  Touch. Silk is a naturally temperature-regulating fabric that can retain heat. You can test this by rubbing a piece of silk between your fingers to warm it up. Artificial silk, however, will not react in this way, and the material will stay at the same temperature.


6. It’s Labeled as Satin. While they often get confused with one another, silk and satin are not the same. Satin is usually presented as a less-luxurious alternative to real silk due to its being a man-made fabric. Read our Silk Pillowcase vs. Satin Pillowcase blog to discover more about what sets them apart.


7. The Ring Test. Pulling silk through a ring is a traditional way of checking its authenticity. The ring will slide smoothly over natural silk, while fake silk will often bunch or get caught on the ring.


A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Silk Scarf


When you’re in the market for a silk scarf, it’s essential to identify a high-quality product to ensure you make a sound investment. Here are some key indicators to watch for:


  • Silk Weight: The quality of silk can often be measured in “mommes,” a unit that determines its weight. A higher momme count generally indicates a thicker and more durable silk. For scarves, an ideal weight typically ranges between 8 and 16 mommes.
  • Finish and Feel: High-quality silk should be soft to the touch yet not excessively slippery. It should exhibit some resistance when slightly squeezed in your hand. The edges of the scarf should be carefully finished, often hand-rolled.
  • Transparency and Luster: A good silk scarf should have a natural sheen, reflecting light without appearing synthetic. It should not be overly transparent or thin, which are signs that may indicate lower quality or a lower weave density.
  • Fabric Uniformity: Inspect the scarf for irregularities in the weave or color. High-quality silk should be uniform and free of visible defects.
  • Smell: Natural silk has a characteristic smell that should not be chemical. Detecting a strong or artificial odor may indicate excessive processing or the use of non-natural materials.


By considering these aspects when purchasing your silk scarf, you can be more confident in the quality of the product and in your ability to choose an accessory that will last for many years.


Choosing the Size and Shape of Silk Scarf


The size and shape of your silk scarf will depend on how you intend to use it and your style. Here are some standard sizes and shapes of silk scarves to help you make your choice:


Large Square Silk Scarf

Figure 11 – Large Square Silk Scarf



  • Square: The square scarf is a classic and comes in various sizes, from a small pocket square (about 25 x 25 cm) to a large square (about 90 x 90 cm) and a medium square (about 45 x 45 cm or 60 x 60 cm). This versatile shape can be worn in many ways, around the neck, as a headband, tied on a handbag, or even as a hair accessory.
  • Rectangle: The rectangular scarf, also known as a scarf or stole, is generally longer and narrower than the square. Dimensions vary, but standard sizes are 180 x 45 cm or 70 x 200 cm. This type of scarf is perfect for draping around the neck or shoulders and can be worn as a scarf or a shawl, depending on size.
  • Shawl: The silk shawl is a larger, more enveloping piece that can serve as a scarf and a light blanket. Dimensions vary, but a silk shawl generally measures 100 x 200 cm and 130 x 200 cm. It is ideal for cool evenings, travel, or simply adding a touch of elegance to an outfit.


To choose the size and shape of your silk scarf, consider how you will use it and the styles you like to wear. If you are a beginner, a medium square or rectangular scarf is versatile and easy to match with different outfits. If you are looking for a bolder or more enveloping accessory, a large square or a silk shawl might be a good option.


Choosing the Patterns and Colors


The pattern and colors of your silk scarf are key elements that reflect your style and complement your wardrobe. Here are some tips to help you choose a pattern and colors that suit you:


  • Pattern: Silk scarves offer various patterns, ranging from floral to geometric, animal prints, and abstract designs. To choose a pattern that matches your style, think about what you usually wear and the image you want to project. Opt for timeless patterns such as chains, paisleys, or delicate flowers if you prefer a classic and elegant style. A graphic or abstract print might be a good choice if you like bold and modern looks.
  • Colors: When choosing the colors of your scarf, consider the hues of your wardrobe and your other accessories. Select colors that blend well with your clothes and add depth and interest to your outfits. If your wardrobe is primarily composed of neutral colors, a scarf with bright or contrasting colors can provide a welcome splash of color. Conversely, if your wardrobe is already colorful, a scarf in neutral or pastel tones can offer a subtle balance.


Remember, a silk scarf is an accessory that should reflect your personality and sense of style. Let your tastes guide you, and do not hesitate to experiment with different patterns and colors to find the scarf that best suits you. Most importantly, have fun and dare to express your creativity through your choice of silk scarf!

Trendy Ways to Wear Your Silk Scarf

Silk scarves are an essential fashion accessory in your closet. They make an elegant fashion statement and are also quite functional during the fall and winter seasons, protecting you from the cold.


A large silk scarf can be draped in simple yet unique ways, making you look elegant and stylish. It also serves a practical purpose and is useful during mildly cold weather.


Styling your outfit with a silk scarf can be absolutely natural and personal. You can use your creativity or follow any trend that you like.


Different Style to Wear Silk Scarf

Figure 12 – Different Styles to Wear Silk Scarf


For the office


If you want a silk scarf for the office, choose darker colors and muted shades. These scarves will look more formal and professional. Choose scarves with not distracting patterns but add color to your outfit. It is better to choose medium-sized scarves to avoid inconvenience while working.


For parties


You can choose bright colors and shiny fabrics if you need a silk scarf for an evening event. Choosing a scarf that complements your outfit rather than dominates it is important. If you are wearing clothing with a lot of details, it is better to choose a scarf with a simple design to avoid overloading the outfit. However, if your clothing is simple, you can choose a more elaborate scarf with decorations or embroidery.


For everyday wear


A silk scarf can be a great addition to any everyday outfit. Choose a scarf with calm colors and patterns that will complement your style. You can also choose a scarf with a bright pattern to add a pop of color to your outfit. It is important to choose a scarf that is comfortable to wear throughout the day.


A beautiful scarf is a versatile accessory that can easily be styled from a day look to an evening look. This Autumn, you could, for example, replace the jewelry with a colorful silk scarf around your neck. Add a pair of pearl earrings to that, and you’re done.


Enjoy an Effortlessly Elevated Look with RESOVON Silk Scarves Wholesale Manufacturing

With their timeless elegance and versatility, silk scarves are a must-have for sophisticated, fashion-conscious women who value quality and refinement. Whether you want to elevate your casual outfits, add a touch of class to your workwear, or make a customized statement with your unique style, silk scarves from RESOVON are the perfect choice. Embrace the luxurious world of silk scarves and transform your style effortlessly!


Celebrities like Audrey Hepburn Grace Kelly, and modern fashion influencers like Olivia Palermo and Chiara Ferragni have all embraced silk scarves as a timeless fashion accessory, showcasing their versatility and elegance.


RESOVON’s silk scarf collection offers customized service and innovative ways to promote brands and personalities in the fiercely competitive market. With our unwavering commitment to quality, customisation, and wholesaling, RESOVON can transform any plain piece of silk into beautifully patterned digitally printed silk with your chosen design.


We pride ourselves on the quality and quantity of our offerings. With an extensive collection of beautiful silks that are light, breathable, and comfortable, our silk scarf collection is ideal for all seasons.


Share your unique design for our customization service. Partnering with our high-skilled artists and designers, our bespoke service offers customized scarves printed on the finest quality silk—whether square, long, circular, or triangular—each silk scarf offers a different way to wear it.


Whether you are a business, distributor, designer, or fashion brand, we cater to all ages and genders, customizing practical and beautiful scarves. Do not worry about minimum order quantities (MOQ) and pricing, we are more than delighted to assist in your business development. Feel free to inquire today!


Discover elegance and luxury with RESOVON’s exquisite collection of silk scarves. Elevate your style and make a statement with these high-quality, versatile accessories that reflect your taste and lifestyle.




Scarves are not mere accessories but artistic expressions of culture, history, and personal style. Their evolution from ancient to modern times showcases their timeless charm and enduring appeal. Scarves can transform and infuse our attire with individuality while sparking meaningful conversations about identity, diversity, and inclusivity. So, embrace the beauty and versatility of scarves, and let them become your wearable works of art, making a stylish statement while honoring the rich tapestry of our collective human experience.


As conscious consumers, we have the power to make sustainable choices, and incorporating scarves into our wardrobe is a step in the right direction. They have come a long way from their ancient origins, evolving into fashion essentials that both women and men love.


They add a pop of color and style to our outfits and remind us of our commitment to sustainability.


So, embrace the versatility of this fabric and make a fashion statement while leaving a lighter footprint on the planet.


Discover the exquisite world of the RESOVON Silk Scarf Collection, where elegance meets artistry. Each piece tells a unique story, from bold colors to eye-popping prints—experience luxury and sophistication with these vibrant, handcrafted treasures. Shop now and adorn yourself in timeless beauty!


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How to Wash a Silk Scarf?


Silk can be hand-washed with cool water, but to avoid water staining, it shouldn’t be exposed to water for a prolonged time. Less than five minutes would be ideal. Use mild soap or a silk detergent if available.


Always iron on the wrong side of the scarf. Once ironed, it rarely ever needs any more pressing. Letting it hang in the closet allows the wrinkles to disappear.


2. How to Wear a Silk Scarf?


There are many ways to wear a silk scarf. The classic and easiest one is to tie it in bandit style. Just place a wide triangle with the scarf around the neck.


3. How to Tie a Silk Scarf in a Chic Way?


Tie it in a bow. Fold the scarf into a triangle and then roll it up to create a long fabric stretch. Wrap this around the neck and tie in a bow.


4. What is the Importance of Scarves in Fashion?


In various cultures, scarves have symbolized social status and religious beliefs or served as practical protection against the elements. In the early 19th century, European women embraced the scarf as a symbol of elegance and refinement.


5. Which Silk is Best For Scarves?


Mulberry silk is the most popular material manufacturers and fashion designers use when making fashion scarves. Mulberry silk is used in scarves because it has the best weight. Silk is a light and breathable material, making it comfortable to wear.

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