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Claret Green Changeable Lutestring WSV 174


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. This is made of a chocolate brown that changes to a claret color resulting in a complex dark brown with rich reddish overtones. Throughout the 18th century taffeta was used for women's gowns, jackets, and petticoats. Men wore taffeta as jackets, coats and waistcoats and banyans. For example in the 1746 Proceedings of the Old Bailey two woman were "indicted for stealing a Woman's Changeable Unwarer'd [sic Unwatered] Petticoat, Value 20 s." Watering was often done to silks to give an interesting effect to it. For hand sewing claret or brown quilter's silk may be the closest match to this fabric.

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