What’s that fiber?

Rose Scrolls Silk Twill

Let’s talk fiber. Fabric is composed of fibers, twisted in to threads, which are then woven in to fabric. So the fibers are Silk, cotton, wool, linen, acrylic, polyester, rayon, nylon…I’m sure there are others, but you get the drift. Everything else is weaving technique. So when you walk in to the fabric store and buy satin, you are usually buying polyester satin. Taffeta is usually polyester. Broadcloth is usually cotton. Twill is usually wool. Because these are the common weaves for these fibers in retail outlets, fiber is almost never specifically delineated on signage.  However, fiber content should always be

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Spitalfields Silk Weavers

Pink Lemonade Silk Taffeta

In the early 18th century, England, like the rest of Europe, received their silks as imported fabrics from Italy and France.  Now, anyone who knows anything about European history, can see why this might be a problem for England. England had not had the easiest of relationships with Italy ever since Henry VIII kicked the pope to the curb because he was hot to trot for then girlfriend Anne Boleyn,   I mean, the pope lives in Rome.  Actually, in Vatican City.  But Vatican City is located in Rome.  In Italy. Because the Pope is Catholic, he had some very strong opinions

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The Witch

The Witch

I don’t typically plan to do movie reviews here, but having hit on two of my passions, historical costuming and the history of witchcraft, I sort of feel compelled to write out my thoughts post-screening. I went in to this movie knowing two things. According to MSN, The Church of Satan gave The Witch it’s endorsement Stephen King said it “Scared the hell out of me.” I love a good tense horror flick.  But I think the current gore/slasher flick concept of horror is disgusting more than terrifying, so I don’t typically watch so-called horror films.  This is definitely NOT

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Habo-what?

plain weave

I was talking with a friend last week, and she was trying to remember which of Damask Raven’s products she didn’t quite know what that was.  Habotai!  It’s doesn’t help that, while I list the product as Habotai, in product description I use Habotai and China Silk as interchangeable terms. So lets talk about Habotai.  What is it?  Well, in the most basic terms, we will turn to Wikipedia: and note that while the term itself is Japanese, Habotai is most commonly found and manufactured in China, which is why it is interchangeably referred to by most vendors as Habotai

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Welcome to the Asylum

Welcome to the Asylum

That about sums it up.  I run my own company, Damask Raven obviously, which sells silk fabric. When one sells fabulous costuming supplies, one tends to do a lot of sewing.  Why wouldn’t you?  You have a ready supply of what you need to create fabulous-ness, and in doing so you also create instant advertising for your company. Look what we have!  You too can purchase this and make your very own…. Whatever. So the next logical step, when faced with at least a year of hard sewing, was to start blogging about it.  But I’m a little leery of

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