Festival de Metiérs: The Making of an Hermès scarf

“Two years to make, two seconds to buy”: we captured the making of the French luxury brand’s most iconic product – the Hermès scarf

Camera and Editing
Liz Seabrook
Second camera and sound
Tom Eagar
Production Betty Wood
Music: Django Reinhardt
‘Brise Napolitaine’

Since its 1937 debut, the Hermès silk scarf has become one of the world’s most instantly recognisable accessories, with more than 2,000 designs produced ranging from equestrian scenes to Native American chieftains.

“The ultimate gift for her“, it takes dozens of craftspeople to produce a single, hand-made scarf. Silk screened with up to 48 colours (chosen from a palette of 200), each design takes a painstaking 2 years to produce, from initial sketches to final hand-rolled twills.

We went to the Festival de Metiérs last month to see how they (and other) Hermés products are made at London’s Saatchi Gallery…