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SILK206 - White Silk Lutestring - $22.00 yd.

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100% Silk 55 inches wide

Lutestring or Lustring was a light, crisp plain silk with a high luster. achieved through stretching and glazing with the assitance of heat.  In our research we have found this textile to be as thin as paper but with a sheen that distinquishes it from any other silk.   It was highly desirable as summer silk especially in the colonies.  Developed by the French, it became increasingly popular in England and the colonies once it was manufactured in England by French Huguenots under the Royal Lustring Company.  After the American Revolution, great quantities of silk came to the colonies directly from China, including taffetas, satins and lustrings. This silk comes as close to original lutestring as we have found. It has a high sheen and a lovely crisp hand. It is suitable for women's gowns, plain and quilted petticoats, pelisses, spencers, mantelets, trims, wrapping gowns, men's waistcoats, linings & accessories.

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