Unfortunatley we only have the fragments or bits
leftover from graves ect. to look at, they are
defiantley not crisp. but that doesn't mean they
weren't when they were made. However, I suspect they
were not as stiff as ours because I have friends who
have tried weaving different types of silk and they
were definately not stiff. Also I believe chemicals
such as formaldhyde are used in the fabrics today,
that definatley makes them more stiff to begin with.
I believe the SCA mostly accepts whatever type of silk
we can get, Dupioni comes in a myriad of colors and
can be gotten as cheaply as 5.00 a yard. The same with
noil.If someone is at least attempting to do silk I
applaud them and just make sure they understand what
they are using and why.
I really hate the answer "I liked it, it looks
pretty". I prefer to know that someone actually did a
bit of research first and chose the silk based on the
closest thing they could find that they could afford.
When I am entereing a contest I save my money and I
buy the best and closest I can find. When I am just
making a new outfit for fun, I get what I can afford,
still trying to get a period feel for the garment.
--- Jennifer Nelson Kemp <lady.ianuk@...
> I'm still of the opinion that the period silk would
> not have been as
> stiff/brittle as dupioni. I hate working with it
> and much prefer the ease
> that shantung has...it is just as lustrious
> depending on the manufacturer
> after washing, is easy to sew and I find it doesn't
> wear out as quick as
> dupioni. Plus I find that the shantung doesn't
> cling so bad to the skin in
> warm climates (I live in AZ).
Baroness Anastasia Alexandrovna Andreeva (OL)