Let’s get right down to it. What ARE these things?
I should get rid of them, but I’d like to know exactly what I’d be tossing. The label says “Scarfette” and they’re made of a sandpapery kind of polyester with instructions to Machine wash, Tumble dry, so we’re not talking about something retrieved from a Victorian wedding chest.
They belonged to a relative who was in her 80’s when she died some years ago and where they came from, specifically, was her lingerie drawer, among her unmentionables.
Each one is two thicknesses, seamed all the way around with no openings except for the hem on the narrow end, which has open sides, like a rod pocket. I don’t know whether they’re a set or two singles.
No, she wasn’t a nun, but they do look rather vestal. If they’re something for the head, I’m baffled as to how they’d be worn. I googled Scarfette and what I found were pretty knitted shawls and neckwear. Nothing like this. One website advertised scarfettes as the patriotic way to wear a scarf. Chew on that, will ya?Unless they could be threaded down one’s backbone via the hem pocket, I don’t see how they could be worn as a scarf or a collar.
Except, perhaps, for the gown in the last scene here: