A British businesswoman shared a story online about a silk scarf.
On her 21st birthday, her mother gave her a Hermès Les Clés (“The Keys”) as a gift.
Then she moved to Japan for work, and one day she accidentally spilled the sauce on her teppanyaki. When she couldn’t find a dry-cleaner for a while, she took it for granted and soaked the silk scarf in water and left it overnight.
When I woke up the next day, the stain had indeed faded, but the scarf itself had faded badly and appeared in many different shades of color, looking very bad.
She was devastated that such a memorable gift was ruined by herself. Fortunately, a Japanese colleague reminded her that there was an after-sales service to press the pleats of the silk scarf, which might be able to save it.
The process of sending it back to the Paris headquarters took months and over 100 euros, but the result was worth it: the fading marks were no longer visible and the scarf took on a new shape and life.
After this “lost and found” experience, the designer began to review the situation.
On the one hand, she was so careless that she forgot to put the scarf away during dinner.
On the other hand, the lack of knowledge about the damage caused was disrespectful to the designer behind the piece, the craftsman and the mother who gave the gift.
After that, all her silk clothing had to be dry cleaned. To preserve the shape of the folds, only the original, round boxes with acid-free paper attached are used to store the silk scarves (to avoid corrosion), coiled vertically as in the photo, rather than folded.
Indeed, good things deserve to be treated like this. From the mulberry silkworms, to the weavers, to the dyers, to the threaders, to the delicate silk products, the whole process takes the wisdom and effort of countless people.
Even the silk scarf “back from the dead” pleats, but also full of respect for the fabric.
In Paris, there is a workshop called “Lognon”, which has been doing the pleating of fabrics for the top European luxury brands for over two hundred years.