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When Modefa contacted me to review them for my blog I was really excited because I had been eyeing some items on their website at the time and was also giddy happy/slightly in shock at finding a place IN the USA which sold the authentic, big house Turkish silk scarves like Aker and Armine (dum, dum, dum…2 biggies in the silk scarf world!) along with those delectable oya scarves which I always love for hot summer days. My Modefa was started by an American Muslima and her Turkish husband as a way to bring these Turkish goodies to the US market (and abroad ofcourse!).
Anyway, They sent me such a wonderful scarf from Aker. Its the Aydeniz silk scarf. They are located in Texas and I am on the East Coast of the US and I received my gorgeous scarf in 3 days via priority mail. It came well padded up and the Aker scarves all come in these very nice black envelopes which add to their posh-ness. *smile*.
Here is the scarf… I LOVE the very unique seashell print. The print just screams me…its very unexpected and so summery! I will indeed rock this one even on a cold, hard winters day…because we all need a little summer when its 15degrees and cloudy!
My husband tried his darndest to get good pictures outside but the scarf is just so glossy that it would blur on the camera. The inside shots are better but a bit darker. The scarf is so bright and glossy its gorgeous…I hope these pictures represent it well!
Onto my review…
Aker scarves are renowned in Turkey and abroad for the extreme high quality of their silk fabric, prints and method of making them. They are produced in Turkey by a Muslim owned and run company. Yes, they cost a pretty penny (by US standards) but you are paying for an extra-ordinarily high quality item which will undoubtedly give you many years-maybe even decades of enjoyment. Mash’Allah. Aker scarves, along with all other silk scarves produced in Turkey have hand-stitched and rolled edging which ensures they have some weight, drape and durability when worn. To increase their longevity, Aker treats all their silk scarves to be stain resistant…yes even to tea, water, vinegar and oil!
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My thoughts; When the scarf arrived and I took the scarf out of its container and I instantly noticed that it had such a fresh, light aroma. I had been told by the sister who runs My Modefa that Aker also scents all their silk scarves with a signature scent which is very light yet discernible when worn. Its not a floral scent or anything noticeable by anyone else, but its, I don’t know how to explain…so fresh and light. Like laundry dried in the sunshine or something. It just adds a nice little “extra”. The scarf is the standard 36 by 36inches, this may seem small but there are ways to wear it so there is chest and shoulder coverage.
Now, my previous experiences with silk scarves from Turkey are limited to the 2 Karaca scarves purchased from a Turkish online store. I think they are very nice and worth the price but I always found them difficult to put on as they are a bit thinner and more..floppy. I always had to spray them with hairspray to stiffen the front to get the firm look I like, plus I would need like 4 pins just to keep it secure and in place, hence I generally only wore them for special occasions when I had the *time* to put into fiddling with them for 20minutes! I was quite pleasantly surprised when I was able to achieve my preferred scarf style with this scarf in like just a minute or two. This scarf feels a bit thicker and “firmer” to the touch than the Karaca scarves I own and instantly took the shape I wanted without 4 pins (only 1 needed under the chin and 1 at the very top to keep the scarf in place) and tons of hairspray to keep it from getting floppy! That fact alone makes me think these are really worth the price as I can see myself wearing this one more…not only is the print unique and unexpected but the scarf inself is more easily wearable!
The scarf itself is almost weightless on the head…thats one aspect about the Turkish scarves and especially the silk ones hich I enjoy – the sense of weightlessness they have…like if you wear a typical polyester or cotton scarf you can kind of “feel it”…but these ones are just so much more airier and lighter. In summer they are real boon as they allow your scalp to breath better with more airflow particularly If you wear them with just a stretchy headband under. Also silk is renowned as being good for hair which is prone to breakage and tangles and is very well suited to both fine and thick hair alike. So again…more bang of the buck! mash’Allah.
I found this interesting video showing how Aker produces their scarves…they are generally produced in small amounts for each season and each season Aker (along with the other Turkish scarf and fashion houses) produce new designs..
Now, since I like to include an interview of the company whose item I am reviewing…I shall include mine with sister Tara who is the brain and heart behind Modefa.
Overall I am loving this scarf! Jazakh’Allah’Khair Modefa for giving me the opportunity to review this fine scarf.
Oh, I wanted to mention that right now Modefa is having a special Ramadhan 30% off sale on Silk Scarves AND a Ramadhan raffle to win a swishy Aker silk scarf! So do check them out.