Books about Scarves - Overview

Considering that pretty much every woman has at least two or three scarves in her closet (and many of us have considerably more!), there are surprisingly few books available on how to wear scarves, scarf history, and the designers who are famous for producing scarves.


Most 'how to wear scarves' books date back to the 1980s or early 90s, and while many of the styles featured are fine, the photos can be painfully dated!

Most general fashion and costume books cover scarves in a single page (if they mention them at all), however I have come across two good books devoted solely to scarves. Both are well worth getting hold of (see below). And as for books on scarf history, well there are a number of books on shawls (and Kashmir and paisley shawls in particularly) but very few indeed on the silk square, the icon of the 20th century.

There are richer pickings for those of us who want books on how to make our own scarves - be they knitted, crocheted, felted or simply sewn. In addition, there are some great books on embellishing and adapting scarves we already have. Another area covered by numerous books is wrapping gifts with scarves - inspired by the Japanese and Korean traditions of using scarves and cloths for wrapping and carrying.

So, here are my lists of all the scarf books I've found so far - some of them with reviews (over time I'm hoping to add reviews for all of them):


Book reviews:

Have I missed any great scarf-related books? Do you have something to add to my reviews? If so, please contact me!


General Scarf Books


Scarves by Nicky Albrechtsen and Fola Solanke Scarves
by Nicky Albrechtsen and Fola Solanke

See my review here


The Scarf by Andrew Baseman The Scarf
by Andrew Baseman