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Head scarf

Head scarf

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Derain, André, born 1880 - died 1954 (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed silk

    Plain weave

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA11

Physical description

Grey silk head scarf screen-printed with a pattern of grapes outlined in black and filled with yellow dashes. Framed by irregular black and yellow borders.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1947 (made)


Derain, André, born 1880 - died 1954 (designer)
Ascher Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed silk

Plain weave

Marks and inscriptions

'Ascher. Made in England'
Label; Weaving


Length: 86 cm, Width: 89 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Fabric shortages during the Second World War contributed to the growth in popularity of head scarves which were colourful and practical and could enhance monotonous uniforms. Ascher initially revived nineteenth century prints in bold new colours and in the 1940's began to commission leading French and English artists to design patterns for his head scarves. Exclusive arrangements were made with some artists such as Felix Topolski and Henry Moore while others contributed on an occasional basis.

The scarves were then screen printed by hand in the Ascher studio and proved immensely popular.

An exhibition of the squares was held at the Lefevre Gallery in Paris in 1947. It was the first time that a prestigious gallery had shown a comprehensive collection of modern textiles by contemporary artists.

Descriptive line

Screen-printed silk head scarf, designed by André Derain, made by Ascher Ltd, London, 1947

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Mendes, Valerie D. & Frances M. Hinchcliffe. Ascher: Fabric, Art, Fashion. London: V&A Publishing, 1987.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Silk (textile)


Screen printed

Subjects depicted



Textiles; Fashion; Accessories; Clothing; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Limited edition


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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