Monday, February 7, 2011

CREPE DE CHINE


In my work I use colors that I have seen a lot in my childhood. I am convinced that the things that have been impressed on our mind when we were children influence the colors and forms we chose later on in life.
When very young I was surrounded by shades of pink, rose, mauve and purple - the preferred color tones of my grandmother.
But most of all she loved a dark and at the same time pale violet. Being a very skilled seamstress she had an eye and a feeling for fabrics as well.

" Crepe de Chine "was the fabric she considered the most beautiful and desirable one.
The petals of this rose in decay look just like crepe de chine. Some memories can never fade. I have named one of my stationery sets after this fabric and the memory of my grandmother.



From the Encyclopedia Britannica:
crepe de Chine, also spelled Crêpe De Chine,  (French: “crepe of China”), light and fine plainwoven dress fabric produced either with all-silk warp and weft or else with a silk warp and hard-spun worsted weft. A crepe de Chine texture has a slightly crepe character, a feature produced by the use of weft, or filling, yarns spun with the twist running in reverse directions and known as right-hand and left-hand twist, respectively. During weaving, the picks of filling are inserted in the order of “two-and-two” (i.e., with two picks of weft with a right-hand twist and two picks with a left-hand twist).
During the finishing operation, because of the abnormal amount of twist in the picks of filling, these tend to untwist and recover their normal condition, thereby causing the characteristic effect of typical crepe de Chine. Crepe de Chine textures of artificial silk are common and are often difficult to distinguish from the true silk.

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