Dating fabrics by eileen trestain Cha adult arab

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For instance, iridescent chambray and basket-weave cottons were the absolute rage in the late 1940s-early 50s; finding those fabrics in 36″ is a good clue to their age. Some plain-weave cottons such as batiste, lawn and nainsnook are still with us but whether old or vintage, their similarities after washing make them virtually indistinguishable from each other.

Two other long-gone family members, mull and longcloth, are nearly indistinguishable from nainsnook and lawn whether new or washed.

This can be a deterrent in pinpointing fine old lawn, particularly with retro designs now in vogue.

Regardless, finding natural and early synthetic fabrics in 36″ to 39″ or narrower widths should trigger your inner alarm system into action.

Form descriptions in old textile books, lawn organdy better fits the description of India linon [Fr for lawn] which went off the market between 1953-61.

Both fabrics gather nicely, retain their crispness and resemble dimity but without the fine cording.

Time really hasn’t changed wools and silks and as they were produced in a variety of widths and distinctive weave patterns from the late1800s. Generally older wool acquires a musty smell which many times even a good airing can’t dispel.

A cheaper grade of lawn organdy was the staple of commercial mama doll dresses from the 1920s through the 40s and advertised as organdy for obvious merchandising reasons.The separating line for muslin and percale is when thread count reaches 160.Of all the older fabrics, vintage percales are probably the most recognizable by their colorful floral and print designs and hard, smooth finish.In the British world of antiques, a divy is a diviner, one who can tell it’s the genuine article upon sight.Perhaps you’ve experienced a shiver down your spine when you find a vintage fabric; you just know it’s old and the real thing at first glance.

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