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Orange Olive Changeable Lutestring WSV 176


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 bright orange that changes to a subdued shade of olive green resulting in a fantastic light earthy orange. 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 Pennsylvania Evening Post a newspaper ad in 1776 included "Ran away . . .  an Irish servant girl . . .  She also took with her a changeable mantua gown" cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. For hand sewing buff quilter's silk may be the closest match to this fabric.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 04 June, 2018.

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