Indigo and Ivory "Check'd" Silk Taffeta - $15.00 yd.



Chinese, India, Persian, English & French “taffety” or taffeta were all common silks advertised in the 18th and 19th century. 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 colonies directly from China, including taffetas, satins and lustrings. The Victoria & Albert holds a French Merchant's silk book of 1764 with silk checks much like these. We have found a few garments in collections with checked silks including a french jacket of the 1760's. These checks offered color and interest while still maintaining a cost within the reach of the middlin' consumer. Likewise the manufacture could use these checked grounds to then elaborate with brocaded motifs for the more affluent customer. The lower sorts also could be found with silk using the second hand market or being provided by a master or mistress.

  • This taffetta is suitable for Women's Gowns, Petticoats, Jackets of the 18th and 19th century, Men's Banyans and Wrapping Gowns, Waistcoats, Linings and Accessories.
  • 100% Silk 54 Inches Wide.
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