Cranberry & Black Figured Silk - $20.00 yd.


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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. 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  shows a variety of silks including simple patterned ones such as these.  Patterns like these could be left plain or embroidered over especially desirable in menswear. The lower sorts also could be found with silk using the second hand market or being provided by a master or mistress. 

  • This silk is lightweight with a crisp hand.
  • It is suitable for the 18th & 19th century, as well as Time Travel.
  • It is suitable for Lady’s Gowns, Petticoats, Jackets, of the 18th and 19th century, Mantles, Pelisses, Men's Banyans and Wrapping Gowns, Suits, Waistcoats, Linings, Children's clothing and Accessories.
  • 100% Silk 54 inches wide.

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