There is a new addition to the VFG’s resources, the Fabric Resource.
|Poodle cloth, tattersal, Harris tweed, burnout fabric, flocked voile and barkcloth...just a few of the fabrics you will find in the new Fabric Resource|
In it you will find an A-Z index, ways to search for a ‘mystery’ fabric and help with finding out what fiber was used for a fabric.
Why does fabric matter at the VFG? One reason it matters is that knowing the fiber and other properties of a fabric help you—as a buyer, seller and/or sewer—know what to expect from an item of clothing or yard goods. Do you want to stay cool in summer? Do you want something with elegant drape? Something that wears exceptionally well? Knowing more about fabrics will help you meet your objectives and help others meet theirs.
In addition, fabrics and fibers can help date and place an item of vintage clothing. For instance, casein (a milk protein fiber—see the Azlon entry for the protein fibers) is most commonly found dating from between WWI and the end of WII. You can find out when each of the manufactured fibers were first made by looking them up in the resource.
Have you wondered about barkcloth, ditzy prints, or the difference between faille, bengaline and ottoman? Look for the answers here.
This new resource will constantly grow (the subject is fairly endless), so please check back regularly!