Jenny La Fleur
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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: August 8th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC) (link)
Rats, how frustrating! What color was yours? I got some in black and while it's not a taffeta it's not a dupioni either, more of a shantung.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 8th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC) (link)
It was black, I'll bet it's the same stuff. You are right, isn't not really a dupioni, shantung would make sense... I've never seen shantung in person. What are you going to do with yours?
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: August 8th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Shantung usually has a hand like taffeta but has minor slubs, not the big ones you see in Dupioni. And according to Sally Queen it IS a period fabric! "Pongee" is what they called shantung in the Victorian era. If I remember rightly from Sally's book it was used for dresses after 1830. So I'm actually going to use it for my Poe Mourning dress and maybe as contrast trim, petticoats or ruffles on Victorian stuff.
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: August 8th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC) (link)
I meant to add that I figured the slubs won't be very obvious on ruffles.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 8th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC) (link)
Good to know - thanks! Now that I think about it the checked silk Brunswick I saw in the milliner’s shop in Williamsburg must have been a shuntang. With the busy pattern the slubs kinda disappeared but I was a little surprised to see slubs at all there.

I was going to use it for a new Poe Dress too (and an 18th century jacket), so it's probably just as well that I don't want to use it now! Matching fabric - horrors! *giggle* For the Poe I think I'm going to go back to my original idea of cotton. For the jacket... I really want that crispy, shiny, smooth look of true silk taffeta. What a snob I am becoming in my old age! :>
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