This is the second in a series of posts about scarves. The previous post was about Hermès’ Le Jardin de la Maharani.
The Savana Dance by Hermès
I bought The Savana Dance at the same time as Le Jardin de la Maharani, trying to beat the January price increase! This gorgeous scarf was designed by the Ardmore Artists for Hermès’ Spring/Summer 2016 collection as a 70cm and then again as a gavroche for Autumn/Winter 2017.
This scarf is in heavy twill silk and measures 45cm each way. This size is called a pocket square or gavroche. It has the famous Hermès rolled hem and the colours are wonderfully harmonious. They are cream, denim blue, and powdery pink with other shades of blue and pink. The rolled hem is pale grey and there is a lovely pattern around the main central image of the leopard and the monkey with stylised foliage.
There are lots of alternative colourways for this scarf, so it was very difficult to choose the right one for me, which was 07:
Please note that Hermès deliberately put muted images of scarves on their website to combat fraud, so the square pictures here don’t show the true beauty of the colours.
The collage above shows some clothes I might wear with this scarf. In the winter: grey cashmere jumper, navy wool mix cardigan, velour jogging pants or jeans, navy cashmere jumper with enamel bracelets by Halcyon Days. In summer I would switch to linen pants, a white or blue t-shirt and navy sandals.
Further collages below show some other alternatives:
Another lovely thing about Hermès scarves is that each one usually has a “scarf story” as well as a name. These stories used to appear on the website, but have now been moved to booklets. Kind friends on The Purse Forum site (link in the sidebar) gave me the story of this scarf:
“Chased by a leopard, a vervet monkey turns to face its predator, his expression anxious and uncertain. In Zulu culture, the leopard symbolises royalty, while the vervet monkey represents intelligence and wit – fine qualities, though they may not be enough to save his life here. But who knows? Giant King Protea blooms (South Africa’s national flower) surround the two protagonists, and the carré is framed with a border of amazumpa motifs, used in Zulu pottery. Ardmore is a collective of Zulu, Zimbabwean and Sotho artisan potters, founded in 1985 by Fée Halsted, in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Today, the group numbers seventy members: creative artists dedicated to reinventing traditional styles, united by their recognition of what our common humanity and fraternity truly mean: that each of us exists thanks to others. This carré marks the beginning of a new collaboration between the collective, and the house of Hermès.”
The quality, the designs, the colours, the artists, the stories – these are the reasons that I love Hermès scarves!
(Edited on 01/04/17 to add in alternative colourways).