Yellow & Gray Checked Silk Taffeta -Remnants- $13.00 yd.--35% Off

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Yellow & Gray Checked Silk Taffeta

Chinese, Indian, Persian, English & French “taffety” or taffeta, such as this Yellow & Gray Checked Silk Taffeta, were commonly advertised in the 18th and 19th centuries. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, including changeable, “chines” or warp-printed, striped, checked, or patterned, they were woven with a plain-weave, and varied only in their width, or number of silk yarns in the warp and weft.

After the American Revolution, great quantities of silk came to the states from China, including taffetas, satins and lustrings. Simple patterns could be woven, such as stripes or checks. The Victoria & Albert holds a French Merchant's silk book of 1764 which shows a variety of patterns.

These checks offered color and interest, while maintaining a cost within the reach of the middlin' consumer. Likewise, the manufacturer could use these checked grounds to elaborate with brocaded motifs for more affluent customers. Silk was available to all social classes in varying qualities; those with less wealth could purchase cheaper silks or find silks from the second hand market.

  • This Yellow & Gray Checked Silk Taffeta is lightweight with a crisp hand.
  • Suitable for gowns, petticoats, jackets, mantles, pelisses, men's banyans and wrapping gowns, suits, waistcoats, linings and accessories.
  • Yellow & Gray Checked Silk Taffeta is 100% Silk, 53 Inches Wide.

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