Originally Posted by alebrady
old thread, i know - but i was wondering...does a spitalsfield tie traditionally only have one type of geometric pattern on it? for instance, i have seen ties that have sort of mixed patterns (maybe alternating dot and a square in rows) on a tie. are the spitalsfield simpler than this type of more 'intricate' design?
The difference between a Spitalsfield and a Macclesfield, aside from point of origin, is that Spitalsfield patterns are typically bigger in scale. Yes, the complexity you describe is quite common. Intricacy is a hallmark of both, however, but I suppose it is safe to say that with Spitalsfields, the larger scale allows for more variation and thus more complexity.
BTW, note well that the geographic distinctions are these days pretty meaningless, as weavers all over the world weave both types of patterns and have for decades.
do woven ties need to have at least a very subtle 'texture' to it. for instance, are the sateen solid type ties i see woven?
Well, look, all ties are woven, in that the silk that they are made from is woven. The distinction is whether there is a pattern woven into the silk or not. Patterns can either be woven into the silk or printed onto it after the weaving (or be completely absent, for that matter). Certain silk twills have patterns woven into them but a fairly smooth texture. I think a true Macclesfield will always have some "surface interest" and not be smooth.