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 has been used for coats and suits. It reemerged in the 1990’s after falling out of favor in the 1960’s.

Source: The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers

 

Behind the Trend… The sailor Collar

The sailor collar is made of two thicknesses of a heavy fabric. This fabric would be sewn together and then cut into a square which falls down the back and narrows to a point in the front, where a bow is tied. It was a popular style for women in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Often referred to as a sailor suit.

Source: The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers

 

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 outer garments. In the 20th century, cashmere was used for coats, dresses, scarves and sweaters. It is expensive to produced and is commonly mixed with other fibres such as wool. This is why cashmere is often considered a luxury item.

 

Source: The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers

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 stockings lunched in 1940 and ever since then Nylon has been used extensively in underwear, dresses and other products.