French poet Paul Verlaine once referred his friend Arthur Rimbaud as ‘The Man with Soles of Wind” which implies that he is a tireless traveler. Aline Honor, designer of the scarf, pays tribute to Alexandra David Neel (1868-1969) with the word from Verlaine and the Hermes Women with Soles of Wind Scarf.
As an adventure and photographer, Alexandra David Neel was praised as the first great female journalist on the 20th century. She was fond of adventure and passionate on knowledge since her childhood. Her whole life was dedicated to study and adventure which are both of her favorites. As a proud women and unwavering individualist, she loved freedom, which motivated her study on the oriental philosophy and thousands of miles journey to Central Asia and Far East. She mastered Sanskrit and Tibetan language, met the greatest ideologists, scholars and mystics and visited the grandest temples. The ultimate goal of her journey was doing research on ethnology, philosophy and religions. During 1912 to 1924, she visited Tibet for several times and indulged on the country on the snowy region. The unreachable places deeply attracted her and the Himalayas impressed her in awe.
This Hermes Scarf looks like a monochrome paint, which displays snow-covered mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. We can imagine the rugged road across the mountain pass and to the remote villages. A lace sewn with leather and cloth and an embroidery trimming are decorated around the snow scenery, which is inspired by the local blanket and national costume. The ethnic patterns on the trimming feature tangling geometry figures and curlicues exuding exultation and joy. Also studded on trimming are several ornaments curved with silver, coral and turquoise as well as jewelry pendants and decorations hanging on horse, which is the essence of the folk art on the regions.