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Orange Yellow Changeable Silk, WSV 172


100% Silk, 54" Wide

Lutestring is one of the types of taffeta available during the 17th and 18th centuries. Lutestring was often changeable as is this plain weave changeable silk. Although the end threads reveal this to be a bright orange, the soft natural yellow really tones this down to a complex earthy overall look. Throughout the 18th century taffeta was used for women's gowns, jackets, and petticoats. Men wore taffeta as jackets, coats and waistcoats and banyans. In the 1775 Essex Gazette published in Salem Massachusetts an advertisment informed "just imported in the last Ships from London, A large and beautiful Assortment of . . .  English & India Taffaties, 3-4 and half-ell changeable Lutestrings, black ditto, Mantua Silks" as cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. For hand sewing drab quilter's silk may be the closest match to this fabric.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 23 August, 2019.

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