100% silk 45" 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 vibrant bright gold that changes to soft bluish gray the overall look is of a bright greenish gold that changes to soft bluish grey. Throughout the 18th century taffeta was used for women's gowns, jackets, and petticoats. Men wore taffeta as banyans, jackets, coats and waistcoats. 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. Although more gold than yellow, hand sewing with yellow quilter's silk will blend with this fabric.
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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 20 February, 2017.