Yellow & Green Figured Silk - $22.00 yd.


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Chinese, Indian, Persian, English & French “taffety” or taffeta were all common silks advertised in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Woven plain, they were made in a variety of colors, some changeable, some “chine” or warp printed, some with stripes, checks and patterns.  All were woven in a like fashion, varying 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 directly from China, including taffetas, satins and lustrings.  Silk was available to all social classes in varying qualities; for instance, those with less wealth might have purchased cheaper silks or found silks from the second hand market.

Simple patterns could be woven, such as stripes or checks, and extra float yarns introduced to create patterns as simple as dots, and as elaborate as flowers, vines and lace motifs. The Victoria & Albert holds a French Merchant's silk book of 1764  which shows a variety of silks, including simple patterned ones such as these.  Patterns like these could be left plain or embroidered over. They were especially desirable in menswear. 
  • This silk has a firm hand and is suitable for the 18th & 19th centuries, as well as Time Travel.
  • The pattern is reversible.
  • It is suitable for Ladyies Jackets, Redingotes, Spencers & Pelisses, Men's Banyans and Wrapping Gowns, Coats, Waistcoats & Breeches, Children's clothing and Accessories.
  • 100% Silk, 54 inches wide.

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