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Purple Grey Changeable Lutestring WSV 179


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 combination of light purple changing to grey is such a fantastic combination. Throughout the 18th century taffeta was used for women's gowns, jackets, and petticoats. Men wore taffeta as jackets, coats and waistcoats and banyans. Silk garments were in the possession of the poor as well as the wealthy such as in this Pennsylvania Gazette ad of 1772, "Run away . . .  an indented servant woman . . .  says she was born near the city of Armagh, in Ireland . . .  had on, and took with her . . .  an old changeable silk bonnet, lined with blue silk, and tied with a white ribbon" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. For hand sewing either grey quilter's silk may be the closest match to this fabric.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 05 June, 2018.

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