What is a Shantung?

Shantung is a “hand loomed silk originally produced in the Shantung province of China. Shantung is thin and soft, woven with uneven yarns to produce a irregular surface. ” Shantung has traditionally been used for evening wear. (The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers)

Behind the trend… Tweed

  Tweed was once thought to be a misreading of the word ‘Tweal,’ which is the Scottish pronunciation of twill. The Fabric’s association with the River Tweed, was the largest location for the weaving industry in the 19th century. Tweed is a rough textured fabric, woven from a multitude of different patterns. At the end of the 19th century it…

Did you know…The history behind Cashmere

Cashmere is made from a Kashmir goat which is found in Inner Mongolia, the People’s republic of China, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Cashmere is the rare natural fibre combed from the fleece of the goat. Since the early 14th century Cashmere would often make up into children’s dresses and blended with other fibre’s to make women’s…

Behind the Trend… Nylon

Nylon is a generic term for a manufactured  fibre in which the fibre-forming substance is any long chain synthetic poly amide which recurring amide groups. Nylon was discovered by Dr. Wallace H. Carothers and Du Pont Company of Delaware, USA. The company first introduced nylon in 1938 and it was tested in knitted hosiery in 1939. Nylon…

Behind the trend…Cire

So Cire is a French word for ‘waxed’.  This is a process whereby wax, heat and pressure are applied to fabrics such as satin, producing a smooth, polished, lustrous effect. Cire fabrics were especially popular during the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1960’s.