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SILK112 - Yellow & Blue Figured Silk Taffeta - $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. Simple patterns could be woven, such as stripes or checks and extra float yarns introduced to create patterns as simple as dots and as elaborate as flowers, vines and lace motifs. This pattern was achievable by weaving a checked pattern and brocading the small spot to add an extra embelishment. These small figured silks were very popular in men's suiting in the 18th century and could be found in lady's as well as men's clothing of the 19th century.  Patterns in this genre exist in a French Merchant's book of 1764 in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum This silk has a firm hand and is well suited for lady's and men's clothing as well as childrens along with accessories.

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