This gorgeous scarf, Le Jardin de la Maharani, was designed by the artist Annie Faivre for the famous house Hermès’ Spring/Summer 2017 collection. The complex design uses motifs from Indian Art to show a garden in full bloom. Each of the four corners is entirely different but the whole design is wonderfully balanced.
Almost all Hermès scarves have what is called a scarf story.
Freely inspired by Mughal motifs, this scarf is dedicated to the Maharani of Jaipur, born Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar, the third wife of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. Her tastes and culture were equally inspired by India and Europe. She marked her time through her political engagement and her determination to bring education to Indian women. At the beginning of the 1940s she created the girl’s school that bears her name. Twenty years later she became a Member of Parliament, elected by the largest majority in Indian history. The Maharani of Jaipur loved nature and gardens. with this scarf, Annie Faivre wanted to pay homage to her by 'offering her flowers'.
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