1800 1960 color dating fabric guide updating kindle
Style seen 1720-1790, 1860-1930, term used 1950s-present Bagheera – fine, uncut pile velvet with a rough ‘crepe’ pile.It was originally made of silk, but after the introduction of cellulose fabrics it could be made of rayon. Balmacaan – A single-breasted, unstructured calf-length overcoat with raglan sleeves and a Prussian collar, usually made of tweed or gabardine.Originally menswear, by the early 19th century they were popular for women, particularly as motoring coats.
Used almost interchangeably with ‘swiss waist’ or ‘swiss belt’ to describe a fitted, shaped belt or sash at the end of the 19th century, and in the 20th century described pointed waistbands or midriffs. See also swiss waist, underbust corset, swiss belt, and waist cincher. Damask: Patterned fabrics with a ground of one weave (usually plain, twill or sateen) and designs in other weaves (particularly satin and twill variants), so that the patterned areas have sheen and reflect light, Damasks are always reversible, with the pattern weaves becoming the ground weaves on the reverse (so on a fabric with a plain ground and satin pattern front, the ground would be satin and the pattern plain on the reverse).Bamboo fabric, or bamboo linen – fabrics made from mechanically processed bamboo, having a stiff, coarse, linen-like feel.Quite rare, and not to be confused with bamboo rayon. Bamboo rayon – viscose or other manufactured naturals made with bamboo as their cellulose base. Bengaline silk – Bengaline is sometimes considered to be a silk blend, but can be of pure silk. Particularly common at the turn of the 19th century.Before 1890 a Chesterfield coat was exclusively a male garment, but in the 20th century women’s coats and jackets have also been done with Chesterfield styling. China grass – the China grass cloth – a fabric made from woven, un-gummed strips of white ramie/china grass in Asia.As the fabric was worn and washed, the gum would gradually wash away, and the fabric would become softer and whiter Chinchilla – a pale grey (when undyed) and extremely soft and plush fur from the chinchilla rodent of South America.
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1800 onwards Apron dress – the name usually applied to a simple rectangular over-dress, the most common known garment worn by women in Northern Europe during the Migration period and Early Middle Ages.