2 years ago, just at the beginning of the World pandemic, our website went live and the first scarves collection was launched. As you can imagine it wasn’t the best time to start any business activities.
The world has changed since then, and we have come a long way to be in the place where we are now.
It wouldn’t be possible without the support of my amazing customers, followers, and subscribers all over the world. I would like to say a huge
THANK YOU for the last 2 years.
I am so excited to announce
WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION
From Friday until midnight Sunday the 10th of April you can use the code:
to get a 20 % discount on scarves and silk cushions. I wish you happy shopping and a fantastic weekend.
NEW S/S 2022 Silk Scarves Collection is officially Live!
THE BEAUTY OF DIVERSITY
These hybrids may not exist in your world, but they exist in some world, at some time. They inspire thinking beyond borders – conscious and subconscious ones. Accepting that beauty depends on difference allows you to see beyond the foliage, where you’ll find seemingly impossible beings who showcase everything that makes them unique. Like every Ilona Tambor design, these hybrid animals began as an idea. The idea came to life as a hand-drawn sketch, refined and digitized before being printed on luxurious silk fabrics.
Read more about the inspiration and view how the magic happens here TAMBOR WORLD
For an unexpected approach to add that refined (and possibly even quirky) sophistication and graphic novelty to your ensemble this season, look no further than the classic silk scarf. Of course, as designers and street style celebrities have demonstrated time and time again, this trendy accessory may be worn in a variety of ways. There’s no shortage of fashionable style options, whether it’s worn as a classic headwrap or an elegant bracelet, or a belt with a punk edge. Check out our list of this season’s hottest silk scarf styles!
Tie a Scarf as a Headscarf
Adding a simple, charming boho look to your outfit is easily achievable with the headscarf. And, here’s the thing, with one of our patterns and colour options, you’re going to get an extraordinary look that definitely turns heads. Wear this with minimal jewellery – let your personality and silk accessory do the talking.
To tie your scarf, grab two diagonal corners of it and fold it in half to create a triangle. Drape the long edge over one side of your head so that the ends are coming out on either side. Take those ends back around to where they started at your nape – this will be just underneath the pointy corner – then tie them together with a knot so that when you pull tight, there is enough slack for you to wrap or position however suits best. Unforgettable.
Tie a Scarf as a Dress
This look is all about soft, statement glam! This one takes minimal work for a refined, boho-chic result and makes a dazzling possibility during any season and at any event – whether you’re at an art exhibit or going chic at the beach during summer.
Tie one end of a large scarf around your neck, so that you don’t have any loose ends that stick out at the back. Now, wrap the longer end of the scarf around your body. Tuck it in and hide it under the shorter end. And that’s it, you’re pretty much done, ready to go with those goddess vibes.
Tip: If you like, tie a ribbon around your waist for a touch of extra, subtle flair as you accentuate your curves and play up the look a little.
Tie a Scarf as Top
You’ve probably realised that achieving hot looks with a silk scarf doesn’t take that much effort. That’s exactly why we find them to be the perfect accessory. Here, we’re presenting you with another classic, but edgy look that offers a plethora of looks to work with. What’s more, the more prints you own, the more options you have – even with this one style.
We’re talking about wearing a silk scarf as a top or as a bandana top. It’s proving to be a hot look as we’re soon moving towards Spring/Summer 2022. Here at Ilona Tambor, we’re moving away from the classic paisley cowboy look, opting for something more whimsical and enchanting. There’s more room to move between formal and smart casual with our prints.
How to tie it? Fold your scarf in half so that it makes a triangle. With the open end of the triangle facing down, wrap both ends of your scarf around your chest and tie them together on the back. Simple. Effective.
Tip: Tuck the point at the bottom for an alternative way to wear this look.
Tie a Scarf as a Belt
One thing is clear: Silk scarves are making a big splash. Not only are they a chic way to jazz up any cold-weather ensemble, but they are now being used to improve and expand a personal look. They can take the place of a belt, giving the wearer a fresh, polished look. This chic and flattering way to wear a scarf is a great way to switch up any work outfit.
To get started, first tie the silk scarf as you would a regular belt, keeping a loose tail to the rear. There’s always the option of ruffling things up a bit for an edgier touch, too. At the end of the day, the premise is simple, but the result uplifts an entire outfit.
Tie a scarf as a Shrug or Cape
Perhaps you are looking for a new way to wear a scarf. The easy, chic, and super flattering way to wear a scarf this season is as a shrug or cape. Try wearing a voluminous scarf over a silk blouse for an amazing look, or perhaps an oversized scarf will fit a turtleneck with ease. What’s even better is that the simple, classic way to tie a scarf as a cape is to simply tuck it into the collar of your blouse and knot it at the back. The result is an effortlessly chic look that will take you from day to night. Dress it up for a party If you are heading on a holiday or family event.
This year’s classic wardrobe staple is certainly a perennial accessory. We’ve provided you with some of the more imaginable silk scarf styles for wearing this wardrobe option and we’re sure that your time will be well-spent perfecting the various styles!
Ilona Brings Slavic Mythology into Life on Silk Scarves and Accessories
For this season’s looks, Ilona has drawn inspiration from her Slavic roots, allowing tradition and mythology to come to life in her designs. A testament to her heritage, she brings mesmerizing themes to wearable silk accessories. With darker undertones, each scarf tells an intricate story through a spectacular eye for dazzling design. Both Slavic mythology, and in particular, demonology, have long enraptured the mind of this designer with her Polish roots. Growing up and listening to tales of the creation of the world, the gods that watch over it, and the people who inhabit it, Ilona envisioned the nature of the world through this lens.
“The stories were sometimes dark, sometimes happy, mysterious, and coarse. Sometimes they were scary, lined with laughter, and often came with a warning or lesson. Above all, they were original,” explains Ilona. It’s this originality that shines through in this season’s designs, featuring Leshy – the forest guardian – and the interplay between the Griffin and Basilisk.
A keen connoisseur of world mythologies may have picked up on Slavic mythology entering the public consciousness of late through the interpreted works of The Witcher, by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Both the games and its Netflix adaptation have propelled some of these stories in front of the contemporary eye.
But this is only one slice of the rich world seen through a Slavic lens. Ilona Tambor’s silk scarf designs offer the wearer the soul of stories told around a shepherd’s fire as the smoke creates a backdrop for the imagination of the listener. This imagination is harnessed and painted through innovative means.
Every silk scarf begins its life illustrated by hand – an intricately creative process. Before being printed on sustainably sourced silk, these patterns are manipulated digitally, adding color and spirit into each design. Discover more here Tambor World.
Looks and Possibilities – When to Wear a Silk Scarf
Personal style is about individuality. It’s about opting for what represents you, your identity, and your unparalleled personality. Sometimes, with an outfit, less is more. Sometimes, more is more. It really all depends on how you’re feeling on a particular day, what works for a particular event, or whether you’re working with limited options if you might be travelling. If you’ve got a few accessories in mind and you’re looking at when to wear a silk scarf, the answer is simple. These highly versatile pieces are priceless when it comes to jazzing up any look, any time.
When to Wear a Silk Scarf? Use One to Elevate a Simple Look
The beauty of our world is that you’re able to find qualities that represent who you are wherever you look. We draw our inspiration and passion from the world around us, we’re energised by it as we find beauty in the most unexpected places.You can be that inspiration for yourself and for others.
Elevating the everyday is where a silk scarf really shines. Yes, they’re available in muted tones, too, but to transform a simple look, a vivid silk scarf brings colour and dynamism to your ensemble. While they contribute to the visual appeal of your look, we all know what a bold dash of colour can do for your mood, too.
Transform Monochromatic Ensembles with Your Spirit
When dressing up in either a simple casual or chic, smart outfit, that perfectly-picked dash of colour could come from a complementary silk scarf. It’s all the more special when your silk accessory of choice shows off a truly unique work of art, something intricate, or something inspired. While we all love to add that pop of colour to an ensemble, we’re even more favourable towards one that’s truly characteristic, representing your innate spirit.
The Ideal Travel Companion – Business and Pleasure
When going away on holiday, we purge that bad energy while rejuvenating ourselves. Looking spectacular for those holiday snaps is a priority, too. Your outfit options may be limited, but here’s a pro tip: silk scarves don’t take up much space in your luggage at all!
They provide a host of options to mix and match with when you’re low on space. You’re afforded the ability to bring that special bit of soul to an ensemble that you may have packed for practical reasons. The classic square scarf, on its own, works in a number of charming ways depending on how you tie it. On the other hand, there’s just something immeasurably enchanting about wearing a silk twilly scarf or silk neckerchief tied just right. And when you’re in a bit of a hurry and your hair just isn’t doing what you want it to? That bold silk scarf can be turned into killer statement head wrap.
On the other end of the spectrum, a business trip that calls for muted colours – blacks and greys, white and tan, maybe some navy – can do with a visionary twist. Lift corporate chic from the mundane no matter the season.
All you’ve got to do is infuse that power look with a transformative, unforgettable silk scarf.
Special addition to the S/S 2021 Scarves collection. New designs The Moroccan Day’s in 3 different colourways and various sizes. I was working on this design last 2 months and finally, it’s live !
Read the story behind this scarf illustration:
Known for its cultural splendour, ambience, and ancient wonders, the lands of Morocco hold many wonders and magical secrets. The silhouettes and imagery of this place captivate and enchants us, and for good reason. And yet, there’s something else beyond the souks and cafes, the mosques, and the rooftops – something else with a legacy that goes back even further than Morocco’s alluring civilisation of music, mosaics, and warmth.
To read more about the inspirations behind The Moroccan Day’s illustration head to the Tambor World.
See how the illustration becomes wearable art and enjoy the variety of possible knots and how to wear the silk scarf.
Illustrated Wool-Silk Scarves – The Perfect Gift Idea This Season
We’ve entered 2021. We probably speak for all of us when we say that we’re happy to see the back of 2020!
2021 is the year of hope, so here’s to hoping that things begin to look better for all of us. Our range of wool-silk scarves might just help with that!
This past Christmas and New Year were far from what we’re used to. We’re trying to spread the cheer in 2021 with our range of wool-silk scarves – for her and for him! With the chilly weather here in the UK and other parts of the northern hemisphere, staying warm is a priority! When heading out to work, for a stroll in the brisk, fresh air, or if you’re just venturing out to get some snacks to binge on, you want to look good while keeping the cold away. You’ve probably got loved ones who can’t work remotely and have to leave their homes. Why not surprise them an artisanal, hand-illustrated wool-silk scarf?
Hand-Woven Love from Italy
Even though this time it’s a little different than usual, love is still in the air during February! And hey, Valentine’s Day coming up soon. Thought you might need a quick reminder about that little occasion. A luxury, premium-crafted, wool-silk scarf that’s hand-woven in Italy certainly hits the mark as a thoughtful and stunning gift option.
There’s lots to choose from, too – keeping warm and looking haute is more than just possible! The Ilona Tambor range of hand-woven and hand-illustrated scarves are a definitive conversation piece. These bespoke patterns and designs promise to keep a loved one warm – both on the outside and inside! These deep, vivid colours and intricate designs are memorable, too, ensuring that your aesthetic and practical gift will never be forgotten.
Colour-popping Vintage Looks with Hand-Illustrated Wool-Silk Scarves
When it comes to style and layering options, your fashionista friend or loved one will have infinite possibilities in working this timeless gift into their chic ensembles this year. Hand-woven in Italy, our wool-silk scarves are a constant hug during the colder months. Remind them of you even when you’re not around! And, as the vintage-inspired trends have been picking up pace, we’re seeing more “Peaky Blinders” looks on the streets. An Ilona Tambor wool-silk scarf goes a long way in putting a special spin on the look – illuminating the more demure layers of coats, waistcoats, and flat caps with a suitable colour and mood pop!
The Gift of Elegance This Winter
Do you know someone with an appreciation for the more luxurious side of life? A hand-illustrated wool-silk scarf makes the ideal gift! Are you looking for a timeless present to gift to your girlfriend or boyfriend? Perhaps your mum and dad, or even to just bring a smile to a friend or favourite colleague’s face? Our range of signature accessories are an exceptional choice. Exquisitely hand-woven in Italy, there’s a myriad of ways to tie these scarves. There are just that many more ways to mix up your style to match any occasion.
If you’re still wondering what to get your loved one during these colder months, we’re here to help! Spread the mood of hope and possibility this season with a hand-illustrated, wool-silk scarf from the Ilona Tambor collection.
Silk scarves and headwraps go together like strawberries and cream. They’re inseparable. Scarves made of exquisite silk have been used to adorn the bodies of both women and men through time. While it’s true that silk scarves provide that certain something to an outfit when draped nonchalantly around the neck, or tied into something more elaborate as an alternative to a statement necklace, a whole new world is opened up when they’re tied into a headwrap. If you’re looking for how to tie a headwrap, read on!
Headwraps are, excuse the pun, intertwined with tradition and are tied to various cultures around the world – some cultures wear them in a very similar fashion, for the same reasons, while they’re significant for other reasons in other parts of the world. Ghanaian women are famous for wearing ornately tied, brightly-coloured headwraps called duku, while South African and Namibian women similarly call their wrapped headgear doek. Traditionally, headwraps function as social markers, showing status, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or marital status, while it’s gained popularity today as both a fashion accessory and a practical one. For natural hair, especially curly hair that needs more care to keep breakage from occurring, a silk headwrap will brighten up your look and your day!
Reimagining the Headband
Headbands are a simple way to hold hair back when you’re not in the mood to tie it all up in a high bun or ponytail. It lets your mane flow, keeping you free to feel the wind in your hair. Yes, while it’s a great choice for a carefree day, you still want a fashionable edge to your look. Using a printed silk scarf. Tying your hair up this way is great for when you’re in a hurry to get to work in the morning and you’re running late. You’ve run out of dry shampoo and the roots of your hair are showing signs of oiliness. Here’s how to tie a headwrap with a luxurious silk scarf. You can opt for a classic silk scarf size of 90 x 90cm or the larger option of 135 x 135cm.
Place the scarf behind your head.
Bring the ends to the front and criss-cross the scarf.
Twist the ends over.
Bring both ends around to the back.
Tie a knot and tuck in the ends to polish the look.
Wrapping for Coverage
When you’re looking for a little more coverage than a reimagined headband will offer, this headwrap style is ideal for when you want to rock loose hair or keep your hair completely covered. It’s a commonly worn headwrap across cultures, and its turban-esque vibe offers a bohemian twist to a somewhat corporate, buttoned-up look – especially when using one of our printed scarves. You’ll need a larger scarf for this wrap, so make sure to use one of our oversized silk scarves of 135 x 135cm.
1. Cover your head with the scarf, holding the ends together on either side, behind your head.
2. Criss-cross the ends behind your head, ensuring that both ends are held together.
3. Bring the ends to the front, then tie one last knot here to give the look that splendorous finish.
4. Last, tuck the ends behind this knot to complete the look.
A Crown with a Twist
A little more intricate, this crown-style headwrap puts a spin on both smart-casual and formal. It brings attention to your favorite pair of drop earrings, and also shows off the neck, allowing you to add a glimmer to your look with a subtle, but complimentary necklace. Both the classic 90 x 90cm size of a silk scarf or the larger 135 x 135cm option is perfect.
1. Tie your hair back into a tight bun, or slick it back.
2. Cover your head with the scarf, pulling it towards the back.
3. Gather the ends and tie a knot.
4. Twist the separate ends over each other repeatedly, creating a rope.
5. Pull the twisted rope around the front, giving your crown a “wreath”, and tuck the end in near the back of your neck.
How to tie a silk scarf? keep following us on IG for more exciting looks and options!
Exciting news. Next weekend 3rd and 4th of October 2020 I will be showcasing my silk scarves at LONDON ARTISAN in Truman Brewery in London so if you would like to see all my silk scarves and chat with me just join the event. The London Artisan provides a platform for designer-makers and artisan producers to connect with a like-minded community. Each event is curated to give an even spread of products, presenting a contemporary mix of design and craft.
Joinone of the best events in London to buy direct from Designer Makers.
The health and safety of our makers and the public is a paramount concern for the organizers. I would like to reassure anyone attending that all possible safety measures are in place for your safety & protection:
– Signage will be present when entering the venue reminding all visitors and makers that wearing a face mask is essential
– All stalls will be built allowing 2 meters distance from stallholders/public
– Hand sanitizer will be freely available at the entrance to the venue
– Signage will be provided informing and reiterating social distancing
– Truman Brewery staff will be marshaling all areas open to the public
– Security will be present throughout all public trading hours assisting in crowd control and reiterating social distancing.
-The venue is large and well ventilated with 4 double-width entrance points and so the possibility of crowding is highly unlikely.
– The toilets and all high contact points will be subsequently cleaned thoroughly throughout the day
Location: The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
London (Entrance in Elys Yard off Hanbury Street , E1 6QR)
Opening Time: 11AM – 6PM / Saturday & Sunday
I hope to see you at The London Artisan?
NEW AUTUMN COLOURWAYS! F/W 2020 SILK TWILL SCARVES COLLECTION
No closet is complete without a silk scarf or two. Let’s be real – it’s the ultimate accessory to add a dash of chic splendour to any outfit. In all its shapes and forms, the scarf is more than just an accessory, it’s a fashion must-have. A sensible and gorgeous accessory, it’s no wonder that they’ve been around for millennia! We’ve got records to show that Nefertiti herself, back in 350 BC, was more than just the queen of Egypt, but a slay queen, too, wearing a wrapped scarf under her jewelled headdress. With a long history behind them, there’s a variety of ways to tie a silk scarf.
So, how to tie a scarf in different ways to suit your style, you ask? Let’s take a look at the three of the most popular ways that have made the silk scarf an icon in fashion.
The Kelly Wrap – Silk Scarf Glamour
There’s particular femininity that goes hand-in-hand with the silk handkerchief scarf a la Grace Kelly. Let’s not forget that Audrey Hepburn did her fair share to turn this look, iconic, too! Kelly and Hepburn immortalised the printed silk scarf look that takes us back to the 1950s and 1960s – this is old-school glam that effortlessly brings elegance to almost any ensemble!
Tying the “Kelly Wrap” really is as easy it looks. Follow these 4 steps and you’ll be rocking that silk scarf with luxurious grace in about a minute.
Take a square silk scarf and fold it along the diagonal.
Now, place the scarf over your head – make sure the folded edge faces the front.
Bring the folded corners under your chin and cross them around your neck.
Neaten the look by tying the folded corners behind the neck and catch the loose corners under the knot at the back.
Other than looking flawless, this style has the practical benefit of protecting expensive hair colour when you’re making the most of the summer sun.
The Neck Wrap – A Necklace Alternative
The 1950s also saw another silk scarf style that brings vintage charisma to the contemporary fashion – the neck wrap. Wrapping a scarf around the neck was used back in Ancient Rome to keep the neck clean, but that’s a convenient practical by-product of this classic look that Elizabeth Taylor and, more recently, Cate Blanchett have popularised.
For the perfect neck wrap, we’ve broken it down into 4 simple steps:
Form an “S” fold by folding a rectangular scarf twice lengthwise.
Drape the folded scarf around your neck and let the ends hang down the back. Cross the ends over and bring them to the front.
Loop the ends around one another, then pass them around the back again.
Knot the ends at the back of the neck and clean it up by tucking the remaining length under your collar.
Pairing this style with a button-down blouse makes for a super-chic option, while the scarf illuminates the look, acting like a signature statement necklace.
The Bandana – An Effortless Twist
Wearing a scarf as an accessory is something of a French staple, with the triangle being amongst the most popular modern ways of tying the scarf. This look exudes flair when a patterned silk scarf is used to accessorise, of course, as Sienna Miller exhibited as a must-have look of the “new normal”.
Working best with a large square scarf, the following steps result in a nonchalant, sophisticated aesthetic:
Fold a scarf in half and form a large triangle.
Place the triangle at the front of your neck, pointed tip facing down.
Tie the loose ends behind your neck, or bring them back around to the front to hang neck to the triangle.
Simple, sleek, and chic, made all the more luxurious and charismatic with an exclusive printed scarf from our range. How to tie a silk scarf? It all begins here, at Ilona Tambor, so keep following us for more exciting looks and options!
SUMMER GIVEAWAY To celebrate the summer 2020 season and to say a huge thank you for all my supporters, I am announcing an amazing GIVEAWAY where you could win a £150 gift voucher to use on an incredible selection of my silk scarves, ribbon scarves and phone cases. This is the ULTIMATE Prize for the colours lovers and hand-illustrated silk scarves fans.
For the chance to win this £150 gift voucher here is how to enter: 1. Follow me @ilonatambor (if you don’t already) 2. Like this post 3. Tag a friend in the comments (one comment/tag=one entry, enter as many times as you like!)
*Giveaway closes at midnight BST on Wednesday 26th of August when the one winner will be selected at random. They will be notified by DM and will be announced on the Instagram post. This competition is in no way affiliated with Instagram.
Hello, I hope all of you are well. We have a strange holiday time this year. I would say we need a rest and detachment from everyday life more than ever.
I have been waiting for this vacation for a long 10 months.
I spent last week in Dalmatia beautiful region of Croatia. I was sailing the Adriatic Sea along the Kornati National Park, dalmatian coast and amazing islands. Uninhabited tiny Islands, spectacular sunsets, crystal clear water, dolphins and delicious dalmatian food this is what sailing Dalmatia coast is about.
Small Croatian villages, the beautiful architecture of Sibenik old town gave me a lot of inspirations for the next illustrations and patterns. This amazing moment, when you wake up early in the morning, every day in a different place to watch an unforgettable sunrise over the Adriatic Sea. All of this I will keep in my mind…I hope for so long.
I was wondering if I could find some good photoshoot spots out there to do some photos in this spectacular place in the world. I found it – every place I have visited was just a perfect photo spot.
Enjoy the photo story of my sailing trip along Dalmatian coast and beautiful Croatian islands. I wish you all, amazing holiday this summer, we all deserve it.
I have just finished new design “The Grand Treasure of African Crowned Crane” Design will be available on beautiful silk twill fabric in 3 colours versions. If you interested in pre-orders just send me an email. Have a look on all colourways and enjoy digital walk throught the illustration on the Instagram.
Read the story… behind this illustration.
The Grand Treasure of African Crowned Crane
When looking past its beady-eyed stare, there’s an ancient sense of knowing that lies beyond the eyes of the African Crowned Crane. Ever-aware, its eyes are always on the lookout, making sure that no creature trespasses into its realm.
But what lies within the realm of the African Crowned Crane? Its regal crown suggests that these creatures belong to an ancient line of royalty, one that migrated over deserts, plains, and savannah and captured within their soul a sense of the world and all its wonders.
Perhaps it’s this long history of remembering the world and the African continent as it was, and is, that gives the African Crowned Crane its particular treasure. It’s a treasure that was once sought after by many who passed through the Crane’s lands. Some have seen its red and white colouring around those steely-blue eyes, adorned by its golden, almost thorny crest and knew that the Crane and its kind kept something from the world.
Treasures, trinkets, gems and jewels – are these the treasures that those seek from the African Crowned Crane? Or does this somewhat surreal winged creature dare you to look beyond, warning you of the lure of worldly riches with its call? Some say that its appearance invites a wandering of the consciousness, prompting one to seek spiritual riches and the connections between their world and the natural, finding the intricate geometry and archway entrances to deeper meaning.
The Grand Treasure of the African Crowned Crane began as a hand-drawn sketch turned digital illustration. This design invites the eye with its exhibition of winged grandeur contrasted by the metallic tones and floral accompaniments. Available in three, lively colour variations, this pattern is either a reminder for the seeker or a symbol of riches. Or both.