Wedding dresses - the origins of silk dupion
Posted on 8th February 2019 at 14:09
This, my friends, is the gorgeous 'Fleur' flowergirl dress waiting patiently on its hanger for Lychgate's photoshoot on Sunday.
Fleur is made out of silk dupion, which is a plain weave crisp fabric. During weaving the warp carries a fine thread and the weft uneven thread. This produces a highly lustrous surface and slubbed effect. Slubbing occurs naturally to a greater or lesser effect and this is part of its charm.
India is famous for its silk production and most dupion is made in Varanasi. Varanasi is known throughout India for its high quality silk production, mainly done within households.
Many weavers belong to a weaving community known as 'Ansari' or 'helper' in Arabic. Weaving has been passed down the generations, with hand-weaving being done on room-sized looms.
There is evidence of silk production in Varanasi as early as the 2nd and 3rd century, when Buddha is said to have sanctioned the use of silk shawls by monks.
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