Writing came about as a result of the prehistoric man's need to record the production and exchange of the goods he produced. Since then, the art of writing has recorded the entire range of human experience, from the sacred to the profane. Writing was destined to supply and preserve a record of the past, even at the expense of our ability to memorize.
Hermes pays tribute, through this design, to the written words - words recorded on silk as a metaphor for all future generations to discover, embrace and protect the tasters of the past. The composition is very similar to "Le monde est vaste" - a design I spoke about last year, and a more recent design - "Les dix cavaliers" - of June 2010. What I found surprising is the designer behind this scarf: no other than Virginie Jamin, the creator of "Belles du Mexique". This pattern is such a departure from the previous style and approach. To me, what just such a departure indicates is the designer's versatility in expressing herself in a variety of styles, which may be encouraging or not, depending on the results. I would take the liberty to predict that this design will be nowhere near the previous one in terms of popularity. Still, the actual words recorded on this scarf are charming, full of positive resonance and simply enchanting.