HERMES 90CM SILK SCARF - RETOUR A LA TERRE BY OLIVER DUMAS
Hermes issued its first silk carre in 1937. Five years later this Oliver Dumas design debuted; more than 50 years passed before its reissue in 1998. A celebration of farming around the globe, this design isn't as detailed as more modern designs from Annie Faivre or Jan Bajtlik but upon closer inspection there is an rich story within the scarf.
The centerpiece of the scarf is a quaint country farmhouse where a family enjoys their homestead: mother and father sit on a bench out front while their eldest daughters and a happy dog entertain their youngest babies near the flower garden, and other children play elsewhere on the grounds or tend to the crops. A chicken peeks out the loft under the thatched roof where more flowers add to the bucolic scene.
The center illustration is surrounded by four vignettes: a grape harvest in the vineyards of Cevennes (complete with stomping the grapes for wine!), a date harvest under the palm fronds, an apple harvest in Normandie, loading bales of wheat into a horse drawn cart in Beauce.
These scenes are enclosed by a border of individual farmers from these vignettes.
Scarf title: Retour a la Terre ("Back to the land")
Scarf designer: Oliver Dumas
Year of Issue: 1942, reissued in 1998
Size: appx 35” x 35” or 90cm x 90cm (carre, or foulard)
Material: 100% silk twill
Colors can vary by monitor. Borders are navy blue and red, while the center is sky blue, golden yellow, a light moss green, white and chocolate brown.
This scarf has been well-loved over the past 20+ years so the silk has a soft touch. Hems are not plump as new. Caretag intact, no snags, holes, stains or other issues to declare. Ships in its original orange box.
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