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Chinese, India, Persian, English & French silks are all advertised in the 18th and 19th century. Taffetas, Lustrings, Persians, Damasks, Brocades & Paduasoys were all terms used to delineate the various styles and weaves. Paduasoys (now known as faille) were woven with a slight rib giving them a bit more body and crispness. The Barbara Johnson book (pg 9) shows a garnet paduasoy "nightgown" with matching fringe being made in 1762. Florence Montgomery says it could contain a pattern or be brocaded. All social levels wore silk down to the lower sorts who could find silk in the second hand market or having it provided by a master or mistress. We have found an original receipt from 1735 for this color in the Dictionarium Polygraphicum by John Barrow.