100% Silk, 55 1/2" wide
Dark Grey Silk Taffeta WSV 185
To make, mitts, bonnet or covered hat!
Although not a true black being a dark grey color, black silk taffeta was very commonly used to make mitts, city women's cloaks, silk bonnets and for covering chip hats throughout the 18th century. Black taffeta was sometimes used for women's mitts, gowns, and jackets. Men wore taffeta as jackets, coats and waistcoats. Cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls a newspaper ad in the 1775 Pennsylvania Gazette included "Run away . . . an indented Irish servant girl . . . she had on, and took with her, a . . . new black taffaty bonnet". For hand sewing try black quilter's silk.