If you are a traveler, then you have probably already discovered the travel necessity of one generous scarf. A scarf not only serves practically as an extra layer of warmth for your body and a headscarf for your hair but it also fashionably accessorizes multiple outfits. The right scarf can function as sarong, belt, necklace, shawl, drape or turban. Space and weight, the ubiquitous challenges of every traveler, from backpacker to fashionista, are both solved by the multi-purpose, compact piece of fabric known as scarf, foulard, or wrap.
Scarves come in a variety of fabrics, weaves, colors and prints. Prices and quality range wildly from dime-store cotton bandanas to Hermes collectors items which can be priced in the thousands. Fabrics like cotton and linen are durable and cool but not as light as famously airy silk. Silk is more dressy and takes the color more brilliantly than any other fiber. Although silk is reputed to be fragile* the early parachutes were made of silk because of its remarkable strength.
Quite aside from the functional reasons to wear a scarf, consider the emotional component of travel. Scarves hold memories. The scarf worn on a memorable vacation becomes saturated in the ambiance and feeling the wearer associates with the experience.
...Her scarf flutters in the salty tropical breeze which carries the light scent of jasmine; as she relaxes her worries fall away.
...Waiting for the museum to open, her jet lag mysteriously absent, she is thankful for the cool weather in this northern latitude, having escaped the oppressive heat of the tropical summer; she welcomes the break from decision-making while feeling confident that she will resume her responsibilities renewed.
...Mediterranean sunlight shines through the sheer chiffon while the faint sound of the guitar at the cafe serenades them; "the world is my oyster" she thinks with satisfaction.
...From the deck, toasty in her neck scarf, she considers the receding shore whose colorful figures begin to blur; her decision to take this trip has been affirmed yet again.
Whether you travel to see new places or visit family and friends, if your destinationis exotic or familiar, urban or rural. If you travel is for months or days--in any event travel is good for you as it keeps you sharp andconnected.
*The supposed fragility of silk scarves is a result of the care needed to preserve the print. Whether applied by screen or digital printing, most silk scarves recommend dry cleaning.