Yellow & Grey Striped Silk Taffeta - $20.00 yd.
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.
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 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, 53 Inches Wide.
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