Taffeta Fabric is one of the many fabrics that make up […]
Taffeta Fabric is one of the many fabrics that make up the classic Italian fashion of the Renaissance period, which originated in Florence around 1512. Taffeta is usually described as a flannel cloth, but this description does not match modern uses of the term. Taffeta was originally called pennemino, the word for little pennies (pennema) and was used to produce garments, bedspreads and tapestries.
Taffeta was first used in renaissance clothing mainly as a fine woven fabric for women's clothing and for skirts and collars. Eventually it became popular as an alternative to silk, which tended to be coarse and smooth. The word is Latin origin and literally means "crispy plain woven cloth". During the Renaissance, designers also began to use a combination of cotton and linen fibers in order to create a smooth crisp plain weave taffeta fabric.
Today, designers still use the Renaissance origin/style of taffeta in fine women's clothing, bedding, linens and curtains, while also using silk and synthetic fiber fabrics in conjunction with the traditional taffeta fabrics. In fact, the resurgence of interest in old-world Italian design styles (particularly in Italy itself) has also created an interest in the more historically authentic silk and taffeta fabrics as well. This is an important development in classical design that shows us the evolution of classic design through time, and how certain designs/fashions become classic over time because of their longevity and their ability to meet the needs of different consumers. Classic Italian silk taffeta fabrics are often used today in contemporary interior design projects because they work well with modern decorating themes.
Unlike other natural fiber fabrics like cotton, nylon or wool, silk taffeta is made from a tightly coiled pile of yarns woven together under high heat and pressure. The resulting fabric is very strong and durable because of the high tensile strength of the individual threads. In addition to being strong and durable, this fabric is considered to be a very fine finish fabric. Taffeta was used for thousands of years as a functional and decorative textile material, and its ability to drape bodies was one of the reasons it became so synonymous with Italian elegance.
Taffeta Fabric is available in several weights. It is the lightest of the fine Italian designer fabrics, but it also offers the most richness of color and texture. When combined with silk, the subtle luxurious quality of Taffeta fabrics is even more pronounced. The fine woven per one running metre fabric of Taffeta can easily be found in a range of beautiful, modern, elegant ranges.
Taffeta has never lost the popularity of an elegant designer fabric, but it has been modernized again, retaining some of the traditional characteristics which have made it a favorite of designers for over two thousand years. The rich colors and textures of the Italian silk and the fine paper taffeta fabrics combine beautifully to create warm, luxurious home decor. Today taffeta and silk taffeta are still used extensively in modern interior design and art designs, and they are often combined with other materials, such as linen, to produce sophisticated textiles that are suitable for floor coverings. Designers sometimes use silk taffeta for upholstery, because it has a very attractive sheen and is extremely durable.