Women’s scarves can be classified into various types, based on fabrics, designs, patterns, and shapes. However, the generally accepted classification is more based on trends and is largely loosely defined; the classification list includes knitted scarves, vintage scarves, hand woven scarves, hand painted scarves, handmade scarves, embroidered scarves, machine printed scarves, and Italian print scarves. Knitted scarves may be hand-knitted or machine-knitted, and come in a range of materials like wool, cotton, etc. Vintage scarves, as the name implies, often sport vintage or retro designs and shapes. Hand woven scarves on the other hand, are used for different purposes and are available in a range of materials and designs. Hand printed scarves adhere to both traditional and modern trends, and have varied usage. Hand-made scarves are entirely hand made and often feature exquisite embroidery, bead-work, mirror work and more. Embroidered scarves are highly decorative and use a wide range of embroidery techniques. Machine printed scarves are for the mass market and are durable, have fast colors and have similar designs. Italian print scarves are scarves which abundantly feature paisley, floral, animal, geometric or abstract prints.
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The popular patterns in women’s scarves are paisleys, animals, geometrics, abstracts and floral prints. Paisley scarves are distinguished by the swirled pattern of abstract curved shapes. Also paisley scarves often feature multifarious shades like grass green, hot pink, maize, cool blue, magical red, etc. Floral scarves feature prints of flowers of different shapes and colors. Floral scarves often feature roses, lilies, tulips, petunias etc., and use fabric-reactive dyes and pigments. Animal-print scarves are detailed with exquisite animal prints of lions, horses, elephants, cats, zebra, tiger etc, and are popular for their vibrancy and uniqueness. Scarves with geometric prints, stripes and dots are in high demand in the fashion market, and are sought after for their abstract looks. Abstract print scarves are remarkable for their enriching hues and pleasing styles.
Scarves can be used for a wide range of applications, and as such are categorized as head scarves, tying scarves, winter scarves, hair scarves, beach scarves, football scarves, coat scarves, neck scarves, turban scarves, and hip scarves. Head scarves are universally popular and are tied easily for comfortable fit. Tying scarves are square, oblong or triangular and can be tied in innumerable styles and patterns. Winter scarves offer style and warmth and are the most stylish of winter accessories. Hair scarves are tied around the hair so as to keep them off the face, while protecting the hair from dust and other elements. Beach scarves come in vibrant prints and are ideal beachwear accessories. Football scarves are scarves representing the sports (and not necessarily football) teams, and often feature the team colors and logo. Coat scarves are high-quality scarves and are meant to be wrapped, tied, folded or knotted around formal coats. Neck scarves are to be tied around the neck and are excellent accessories for both formal and informal occasions. Turban scarves are to be worn over the head, while hip scarves are to be tied around the hips, like a sarong-skirt.