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From: otsisto <otsisto@...
Sent: Thursday, 1 February, 2007 7:58:09 AM
Subject: [SCA-Garb] RE: corduroy (was Re:got material, think of this,opinion
>>>I don't know. Only what I have been told is that it is barely late SCA
period and more 17th century.<<<<
It's of much later invention than that, but it _is_ a type of velvet, if that helps. According to 'Velvet: History Techniques Fashions' (ed Fabrizio de Marinis, IDEA Books 1994), in the section on types of velvet, is stated:
A Cotton velvet in which the weft floats are arranged vertically, one above the other, so as to be cut lengthwise (inserting the weft floats under a blade in the nineteenth-century system; nowadays with a multiple mechanical cutting device). If the weft floats have different lengths and are arranged successively so as to increase or decline in number, then larger cords are created. The invention of ccorduroy seems to date from 1782, but it became particularly successful in men's sportswear in the nineteenth century."
Since the (admittedly very narrow) area between the wales is in fact 'voided', you can claim the use of corduroy as a substitution/approximation for a period voided velvet. It's difficult to find good documentaion for a striped voided velvet, but it's plausible. I always think of corduroy when I see this pic, for example:
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