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Here's a neat color site.
I think the colors are
truest of all the color
lists out there:
www.ibdguy.com/colors.shtml
 
and another one!
http://chir.ag/projects/name-that-color/#6195ED

Please forgive the appearance of my website as I change from FrontPage softwear to Dreamweaver software. There are a lot of weird things happening here.... Thank you for your patience!

 


        Class Act Fabrics   ...Silks...
Fabricmonger to the Crowns of the West Kingdom, SCA

     One thing we know from archeologist's digs: the silks valued enough to be used in burial, and even the scraps found in 10th century London middens, were smooth surfaced silks with only an occasional slub.
    I'm sorry to say that I haven't found_yet_ reference to deliberately irregular threads until an 1807 reference to pongee. I've found shantung mentioned in ready-to-wear ads in 1909 and in the May 1904 "The Delineator" magazine. Tussah was listed in a 1954 sewing book but not in a 1949....douppione was listed in 1972 but not 1969.
     Doesn't mean it wasn't there. It may not have been commonly used, or used for a different purpose. I'd love to have more research sources and time to use them. If you have sources to fill out history a bit more, please let me know!

    Someone mentioned that they had information that the uneven thread type silk was made in India in the middle ages but I don't have the documentation so I can't recommend it. I have seen documentation that fine silk was imported wrapped in 'raw silk' cloth and the wrappings were sold really cheaply (18th c). I highly doubt this was used as a 'fashion' fabric.

    As to which fabric is "period" for what__you really must go by your own research. (They're all beautiful and would make great "modern" clothing ;)  Some of  the dark jewels and black would be spectacular in "Goth". The taffetas work nicely for all times from medieval through French & Indian, and to Civil War era.

I have fiddled and fussed with the colors on these swatches, trying to match the original fabrics as close as possible. I think that the brain must make up some colors that don't exist in reality. sigh.  Email me with questions.
                                               All fabrics are 100% silk unless otherwise labeled.


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#001
36"   3.5mm habotai

called gauze but it is a tabby weave... good for veils, partlets, fluttery stuff
White
$5.10/yd

MEDIEVAL: 1515 called 'poste'. Probably used in Europe as early as the 1200s and continued with different names through today.

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#002
36"   5mm habotai

excellent for veils, some use this for chemises
White
 

$6.20/yd



#0100
44" silk chiffon
floaty, see-through.
like fondling a cloud
black

$9.25/yd


 


#085
45" silk charmeuse
12.5mm, natural white
$11.90/yd


#037
45" 20% silk, 80% rayon
medallion brocade

lovely fabric! This should be dry-cleaned to keep the texture and definition but I've washed it and pressed it...the medallions flatten out but it still looks great! The brocade weave allows it some "give".
This has been used several times for wedding outfits.
cream
$14.95/yd


#0160
60" 50%silk, 50%linen
twill suiting
I saw this and HAD to get it. The colors remind me of opalescent dragons' eyes. Yeah, yeah... I know but I'm a big fan of Anne McCaffery and have always loved dragons and opals.
The base color is a golden tan and those thin lines of window panes are 'blush pink' and light sky blue. It is lovely! And it feels good too! It's the perfect weight for a light jacket or good suit coat. 
golden Tan/ blush pink & sky blue window panes
$12.00/yd

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#005
60" silk taffeta
changeable "pewter"
(lt. yellow weft/gray warp)
$19.95/yd
about 4 yards left

#0168
36 1/2" heavy taffeta
Now this is an unusual one. I'm not quite sure what to call it. The thread is a tightly twisted reeled silk. It is very tightly and evenly woven. This would make a fabulous interlining or boxy structured suit!
Natural
$8.20/yd

#0185
55" silk taffeta
crisp and light, perfect for gowns
dark spice
$16.00/yd

#0186
56" silk taffeta
crisp and light, changeable silk perfect for gowns
unusual color:
pale blue warp,
pink weft
"frosted lavender"
$16.00/yd


#030
45" velvet
18% silk, 82% rayon
a beautiful traditional black velvet with silk ground and rayon pile...plushy subtle or subtly plush....whatever, it feels lovely.
black
$22.50/yd


#089
45" Panne velvet
18% silk, 82% rayon
luscious flat pile with subtle gleams on the draping
gold
$13.45/yd


#061
45" 18% silk, 82% rayon with gold lurex pinstripe
A soft plush velvet pile with glittering thin gold stripes. Enlarge picture to see the stripes...they glitter better in person.
White with gold pinstripe
$18.50/yd
 

#088
45" Panne velvet
18% silk, 82% rayon
luscious flat pile velvet with subtle gleams on the draping.
pure Black
$13.45/yd
 


#062
45" 18% silk, 82% rayon with silver lurex pinstripe
A soft plush velvet pile and glittering thin silver stripe. Enlarge picture to see the stripes...they glitter better in person.
Black with silver pinstripe
$18.50/yd


#064
45" 18% silk, 82% rayon velvet
A lovely color with a cloud soft, drapey and wispy light feel.
Henna
$13.65/yd


#0164
27 1/2" 100% silk brocade
heavy uneven herringbone weave with the "herringbone" in the weft direction. Wonderful for vest fronts!
a black warp and yellow and gold weft makes this look
Bronze
$11.50/yd



a most luscious, subtle dragon! lovely wedding gown!
#058
45" natural white 100% silk
heavy georgette jacquard
DRAGONS
white
$18.95/yd
temporarily out of stock


#059
29" red/gold brocade
22%silk/78%rayon
DRAGONS
Red/gold
$15.95/yd

#0207
54" silk paper taffeta
a very thin, rustling taffeta with a very unusual color.
Depending on the light in which you view this, the silk is either a warm black or a very very very dark brown.
It looks much like the vintage black cottons that have aged.
WARM BLACK
$18.25/yd
 

#0210
54" silk irridescent taffeta
light weight, rustling taffeta with a shimmer like a peacock's breast
Totally gorgeous!!
cobalt blue warp and rich green weft
PEACOCK BLUE
$19.50/yd

#0209
54" silk irridescent taffeta
very light weight, "paper taffeta"
a 'rustling taffeta'
a beautiful rich red with shadows created by the dull green warp and the bright red weft threads.
Very striking!
SHADOWED DARK RED
$18.25/yd
 

#0208
54" silk
irridescent taffeta
very light weight, "paper taffeta"
a rustiling taffeta
a ginger colored warp thread and
light yellow weft thread makes a rich soft
OLD GOLD
$18.25/yd


smaller dragons and phoenix
alternating on rich red satin

#022
29" red/gold brocade
22%silk/78%rayon
DRAGONS/phoenix
Red/gold
$18.00/yd

#0206
45" silk irridescent taffeta
light weight 'paper taffeta'
a rich silver gray made of
black warp threads and white weft threads.
SILVER GRAY
$18.25/yd



#0188
56" changeable silk
crisp hand, unusual color
white warp,
alternating red and green weft
"strawberry"
$16.00/yd


#0129
55" 100% silk
a heavy silk repp weave: a thick weft (filling) thread with fine warp threads makes a heavy rib.....looks like grosgrain.
a fine "old" weave!
black
$15.00/yd


#0130
55" 100% silk
a heavy silk repp weave: a thick weft (filling) thread with fine warp threads makes a heavy rib.....looks like grosgrain.  a fine 'old' weave!
The color isn't right....too pink. This is a soft red.
$15.00/yd
about 4 yards left


#0191
58" changeable taffeta
crisp hand, pretty light color
pale yellow warp,
pale blue weft
"mint"
$15.50/yd


#0131
54" silk chiffon
soft  and dreamy
dramatic and rich!
changeable black and red
$10.65/yd


#0113
54" velvet
35%silk, 65%rayon
a lovely light and drapey velvet.
This color is hard to describe.... it's kind of a dusty purple in some lights and angles but the more I look at it in the light, the more it looks like
burgundy.
$13.50/yd

  

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#0205
44" silk shantung
a lovely silk with small slubs that emphasize the rich look
GOLD
$12.50/yd


#0192
44" silk charmeuse
slinky, soft, shiny and striking! The picture doesn't do it justice. The tag on this one called it "Nectar". Ok. True, it is so fluid and shifting it looks and feels like warm honey flowing but nectar?? Theresa and I think it looks like a bright salmon and should be called 
Sweet Salmon
$8.50/yd


#0115P
44" silk shantung
a tabby/plain weave with an occasional tiny slub
mildly crisp hand
pale pink

$9.75/yd

#0167
55" heavy silk taffeta with some small slubbing.
I couldn't resist. This is wonderful fabric but it came directly from the designer's cutting tables. That means there are pieces cut off the ends in strange ways. So I have small whole yardages with extra tailing along. This one is a beautiful dark, dark blue,
The 2 pieces I was able to get are 6.25 and 3.82 yards long.
Navy
$10.00/yd

 




 

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#0178
45" silk chiffon
gauzy silk chiffon ,,,, what can you use chiffon for? Hmmm. how about a tunic over a tank top? or harem pants? or dressy shawls? Or for re-enacting how about a veil? Or a belly dancing skirt of veils?
Deep Blue Violet
$6.00/yd


#0115M
44" silk shantung
medium weight, a bit crisp hand
pretty
orange sherbet
$9.75/yd

about 5 yards left

 


#0175
45" silk chiffon
gauzy silk chiffon ,,,, what can you use chiffon for? Hmmm. how about a tunic over a tank top? or harem pants? or dressy shawls? Or for re-enacting how about a veil? Or a belly dancing skirt of veils?
Winter white
$6.00/yd

#0176
45" silk chiffon
gauzy silk chiffon ,,,, what can you use chiffon for? Hmmm. how about a tunic over a tank top? or harem pants? or dressy shawls? Or for re-enacting how about a veil? Or a belly dancing skirt of veils?
Deep yellow
$6.00/yd


#0183
55" silk douppioni
medium weight changeable silk in a cool color!
'turquoise'
cornflower blue warp,
light green weft
$12.00/yd

#0169
54" heavy silk faille/grosgraine
wonderful for structured suits and gowns!
A beautiful color I call     dusky rose red
and I hope it warms up in the fabric room soon so I can take a picture!
$15.95/yd
 

#0170
54" heavy silk faille/grosgraine
wonderful for structured suits and gowns!
A beautiful color I call  
deep rose pink

$15.95/yd
 

#0171
54" heavy silk faille/grosgraine
wonderful for structured suits and gowns!
A beautiful color I call  
winter sky blue

$15.95/yd


#096
54" 100% silk repp
this is a tabby (plain) weave with a heavy weft thread so there are very big satiny ribs across the fabric.
White
$11.75/yd
about 3 yards left


#0128
 44"  "barred" silk suiting
tan, cream, brown
stripes (bars)
across the width.
quite spectacular
$9.00/yd


 

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