Black & Gold Checked Silk Taffeta - Remnants - $20.00 yd.


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Chinese, India, Persian, English & French “taffeties” or taffetas 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. 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.

Stripes and checks (including patterns that might be called plaid today) were among the many types of patterns woven. To see some examples, the Victoria & Albert holds a French Merchant's silk book of 1764 with a variety of patterns. We do not have documentation for a check this large in our own 18th century research, so we feel this silk would be best suited to the 1840's onward.

  • This is a Time Traveling Fabric.
  • This taffeta is lightweight with a crisp hand.
  • Suitable for women's gowns, petticoats, jackets, mantles, pelisses, men's banyans and wrapping gowns, suits, waistcoats, linings and accessories.
  • 100% Silk 54 Inches Wide.

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