White Silk Taffeta - $32.00 yd.
Chinese, Indian, Persian, English & French “taffety” or taffeta were common silks advertised in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were 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 directly 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 silk patterns.
Stripes in a variety of widths and complexity can be found in surviving garments of men, women & children. 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.
This silk taffeta displays occasional light slubbing. This characteristic is found in a variety of 18thc silks we have examined.
- This lightweight fabric is suitable for Lady’s Gowns, Skirts, Jackets, Mantles, Pelisses, Men's Wrapping Gowns, Waistcoats, Linings and Accessories. Also suitable for household applications such as bed or window treatments.
- 100% Silk, 54 inches wide.
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