taffeta taffeta taffeta

Fun word to say. :smiley:

Anyhow, having just gotten in an elevator with a bride earlier in the evening, I am now wondering why women should want to wear a cloth so plasticy for such an important occasion?
After determining that the cloth* in question is taffeta, a google is showing this to traditionally be made from silk–though now synthetic cloths. So I am also wondering if even a traditional silk tafetta would also be of a similar texture, or would it be a proper real-cloth feeling?
My mom hypothesised that the reason for using something stiff like this would by to get the big billow of cloth (minus a skeletal structure) which sounds reasonable–but what’s wrong with the hoops?

Thank you

  • I gather that “taffeta” is actually referring to the weave rather than the cloth, which itself can change.

Speaking from experience with hoops - they can be difficult to walk in gracefully without practice, and you can show the entire world your underwear if you aren’t careful. As for taffeta (it is fun to say!) - I hate it. I can’t imagine why anyone would choose it.

Silk taffeta is nice, but heavy, expensive and not practical for those reasons. Don’t forget that you’re talking yards and yards of the stuff to get a nicely full skirt.

IMHO synthetic taffeta looks cheap, shiny and nasty, but then, some people like that look.

Most women looking for a “billowy” effect tend to go with organza layers, with or without a net underskirt. Hoops are just too hard to walk/sit and dance in without hours of practice!

It wasn’t popular in the old west. Just walking around in taffeta could get a gal arrested for rustling.

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Hm… Well–and I say this entirely as a guy–I see no problem here. :stuck_out_tongue:

Checked out Organza, and the decription appears to be similar (semi-transparent, stiff weave silk or satin.) Is this just more sheer, so it goes cheaper (and lighter) than silk taffeta?

(This seems a very strange topic for me to be researching–but hey, will come to use eventually one assumes!)

Taffeta is used for a number of reasons.

It can be pleated or otherwise gathered into sharp folds.

It has body and doesn’t require starching or boning.

It has a crisp hand.

It has a rich luster without the shininess of satin.

Many people find the rustling sound satisfying.

It can be woven with interesting effects, including iridescence.

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That was excellent.