Category Archive: Historic Clothing

Textile Time Travel – the Middle Ages

It’s not often that we get the kind of bleak rainy weather we’ve had lately, so I’ve been glad for the excuse to stay inside and lose myself in some wonderful books and… Continue reading

Flourishing in Flour Sacks

A year ago I did a post about a child’s flour sack dress that I picked up at an antique store.  The dress intrigues me because the front and back are highly contrasting,… Continue reading

“Dynamiting” Silk

In my last post I talked about the process of creating silk thread from cocoons.  To me, silk has always had an aura of leisure and luxury, but in reading about it I… Continue reading

Silk – the Basics and a Little Beyond

Humans have been fascinated with silk for thousands of years.  The oldest piece of silk cloth found to date is just a tiny fragment,  found near Shanghai.  It dates back to about 2750… Continue reading

400 Years of Silk in America – Scruples and Scandals

Lustrous, colorful silk has beckoned to people in America over the centuries.  Some saw it as  a way to achieve self-sufficiency, others as a way to build wealth, and still others as an… Continue reading

Textile Trends Trivia – the Answers

Yesterday I gave a little pop quiz.  I’m a former teacher, I can do that.  Let’s go over the quiz and see how you did! Q 1) The French artist was named Trouvelot… Continue reading

Textile Trend Trivia

While the tide of fashion rolls on, some innovations never catch the wave of public favor or profit.  They end up as fashion footnotes.  Here is a little quiz about textile trends that… Continue reading

Mini Hill Country Trip and Two Lovely Ladies

I had to run up to the Hill Country this week – the trip is long and the days are short so I couldn’t get too many pictures, but here are a few.… Continue reading

Helen of Troy and the Trojan Cloak

In my last post, I talked about the beautiful Helen of Troy and her incredible weaving skills.  Homer may have just intended to show her as a proper woman, industriously weaving, but his… Continue reading

Helen of Troy: World-Renowned Weaver – and, I hear, kinda pretty!

Along with a group of followers of the Dancing Professor, I’m reading the Iliad.  (Is there a collective noun for a group of blog followers?  A gaggle of followers?  A chatter?  A press?)… Continue reading