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6204 - Blue "Silk & Stuff" Wool - $13.00 yd.

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40% Silk 60% Wool 60 inches wide

"Silk & Stuff"  We have found this term in Runaway ads, accounts and as tokens in the collection of the Foundling Hospital, London.   “Stuff” was a term that referred to a wide variety of what was predominately worsted textiles produced originally in Norwich and later in York.  These lightweight goods were characterized by their tightly twisted yarn, fineness of weave and smooth finish. They were light and drapable in contrast to "cloth" which encompassed the heavier broadcloths.  This made them well suited to Lady's as well as Men's garments.  The grades of stuff varied from coarse to fine and could be plain or twill woven.   The introduction of silk could be done in the warp or weft as single yarns, sometimes through out sometimes to form a figure or stripe.  Our silk and stuff is of the coarser variety and similar to one of the extant textile tokens we studied in the Foundling collection.  


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