Arlette Ess
Sleeping Dogs Sand

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Classic hand-finished 90x90cm square scarf on silk crepe de chine. The background of this scarf is a desaturated beige, the dogs contain subtle tones of moss green and rusty red. The silk is made in Italy and of exceptional quality. The crepe de chine is matte with a subtle sparkle, has a satisfying weight and drapes beautifully. This format of silk scarf is dubbed 'the shortest path to style' by Hermà ̈s, as it's very easy to wear and adds instant elegance to a simple outfit. The Sleeping Dogs scarf is based on individual pen and ink drawings. It features all different dogs, a couple of labradors, a staffie, a weimaraner, a chihuahua, a ridgeback¦ and lots of mongrels. Some of the drawings are inspired by street dogs I photographed, others by friends pets. All the fur textures are a bit different but as a whole they form a unified pattern of dogs. Dry clean. Silk is a protein fibre which naturally repels dirt and hardly takes on any smells, so the scarf doesn't need to be cleaned often. Steaming the scarf works wonders - it removes all creases and also 'desinfects' it (removing potential smells and killing microorganisms), and it usually ends up looking like fresh from the cleaners. For this you can use a garment steamer or simply hold it approximately 2ft / 70cm over a boiling kettle for a few seconds (don't scold yourself in the process :) If it needs a clean, dry cleaning is recommended (lukewarm water and mild shampoo or silk/wool detergent would not damage the print, but for the feel of the silk it's still better and safer to dry clean it).