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The alchemy behind our scarves

My father Alberto is the protagonist of this story.and visionary, he wore his threadbare lab coat, dotted with countless stains of different colours that between one experiment and another had ended up in his hands. on.

Like all great discoveries, it all happened a bit by chance, in the Liberty Chemicals laboratory, where my father, the owner of the company, would periodically take refuge from the countless phone calls from customers and suppliers.

He began by selecting some colour powders, taking large glass vessels and once filled with water he would melt the colours by gradually heating the temperature.

There are many factors that determine 'how' the colour dyes the fabric. pH, the type of water, the amount of salt in the solution and so on.

That time the magic happened: when the piece of fabric emerged from the dye and was dried immediately noticed its particularity.

It may look easy to make a scarf, but it is actually the result of a lot of hard work. A long search for the best materials, starting with the structure of the fabric and how it absorbs the dye when dyed.

There are so many textile fibres and each reacts differently to colour.

It was incredibly iridescent!

Thanks to the refraction of light and thenetration of colour into the fibre, the fabric hit by the rays of light, sothe direct sunlight, took on new shades and colours.

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I, Corrado, who was working in the laboratory at the time, was immediately involved in the accidental discovery and together with Alberto Beverina, who was returning from the usual relay race from Como, we celebrated everything with great enthusiasm!

The problem that followed immediately afterwards was that it did not haveWe have no idea what kind of fabric it was, especially since that particular effect only occurred on that and not on other fabrics.

The problem was common in the laboratory, we worked with more than four hundred textile chemicals, and every day we were inundated with customers' fabrics, on which we carried out tests, print trials and so on.

I won't hide the fact that most of the time chaos reigned, and in order to hurry, small piles of textiles and evidence were created and gradually accumulated.

So much so that we had periodically imposed on ourselves rigorous cleaning and tidying up.

My father has an incredible mind. sign linking the contents of the 'pile' to the spetest/customer verification.

Me and Jessica, who takes care of the management of the laboratory, we were doing our best to tidy things up and stem the entropy by building new archives.

But the general rule remained that "nothing could be thrown away without consent".Otherwise my father would not have been able to find his precious tissues in the 'pile'.

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So when we discovered the incredible properties of the fabric we had just dyed, we had no idea where it came from!

However, no one gave up as the idea began to develop in my mind that I could make a scarf out of it to add to my collection!

The others went in search of that tissue that had emerged from the chaos, in the right place at the right time.

It wasn't easy and it took a few months to solve the puzzle! While the recipe for the dye had been rigorously recorded and, at least in a small way, worked, we began to try countless fabrics to replicate the effect.

More than two hundred were needed. We first tried fabrics with a simple structure, made of one fibre, cotton, silk, linen, viscose.

Then we started to try fabrics of mixed fibres, with more complex structures.

Not everyone knows that a fabric consists of a warp and weft, and that these can be of two different fibres.

We tried cotton/silk, linen/cotton, linen/silk and finally found what we were looking for!

It was the same veil used for wedding dresses, a beautiful silk modal chiffon, which thanks to its structure during the complex dyeing process gave the inimitable iridescence that would make our My Scarf in a Box™ scarves unique.

Corrado Manenti

Now that you know our history and how we came to create unique and inimitable silk scarves, find out what all the models are and how to choose the right scarf for every occasion!

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