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SILK123 - Cream, Red, Orange & Brown Plaid Silk - $15.00 yd.

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100% Silk 54 inches wide

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. The Victoria & Albert holds a sample book of a French 18th century Silk Merchant of 1763 with plaid weaves or checks as they would have been called in the 18th century.  We have found some checked silks garments in the 18th century as well as a good representation in the V & A silk book. We also love this collection because we have found it is a wonderful time traveller!  By the time you get to mid 19th century Queen Victoria has popularized "all things plaid" and there are a huge number of plaid silk gowns dating from the 1850's and 60's. Our Pinterest board has a nice representation for inspiration. This taffetta is suitable for Lady’s Gowns, Petticoats, Jackets, Men's Banyans and Wrapping Gowns, Waistcoats, Linings and Accessories.

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