Blue & Gold Checked Silk Taffeta - $20.00 yd.


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Chinese, India, Persian, English & French “taffety” or taffeta 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 with silk checks much like these.

These checks offered color and interest, while still maintaining a cost within the reach of the middlin' consumer. Likewise, the manufacturer could use these checked grounds to then elaborate with brocaded motifs for the more affluent customer. 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 silk is light weight with a crisp hand.
  • It is suitable for Lady’s Gowns, Skirts, Jackets, Mantles, Pelisses, Men's Banyans and Wrapping Gowns, Waistcoats, Linings and Accessories.
  • 100% Silk 53 inches wide.

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