I received my copy of Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles in the mail yesterday and am loving having a 600+ page book full of textile-exclusive terms! The book was recommend by a friend of my mom’s and now I can really see why — it’s a great resource for both basic and obscure vocabulary. There are, for instance, over twenty five entries for different types of moire, from moire antique to moire taffeta. And then there are oddball entries like “castle” (a word that apparently also means “a raw, white Chinese silk”) and “puke” (“a fine-quality woolen fabric made in a characteristic dark purple. Used in the 15th and 16th centuries for gowns, jerkins, hose”).
This entry is the first I’ve done on a textile book and opens up a new category for future posts. My tentative plan from here on out is to do a book-related entry at the first of each month. So if anyone has a textile book they’re particularly enthusiastic about please post a comment!