• Hi, I am the owner and main administrator of Styleforum. If you find the forum useful and fun, please help support it by buying through the posted links on the forum. Our main, very popular sales thread, where the latest and best sales are listed, are posted HERE

    Purchases made through some of our links earns a commission for the forum and allows us to do the work of maintaining and improving it. Finally, thanks for being a part of this community. We realize that there are many choices today on the internet, and we have all of you to thank for making Styleforum the foremost destination for discussions of menswear.
  • This site contains affiliate links for which Styleforum may be compensated.
  • We would like to welcome House of Huntington as an official Affiliate Vendor. Shop past season Drake's, Nigel Cabourn, Private White V.C. and other menswear luxury brands at exceptional prices below retail. Please visit the Houise of Huntington thread and welcome them to the forum.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

    Styleforum is supported in part by commission earning affiliate links sitewide. Please support us by using them. You may learn more here.

Natural color of undyed shantung?

ATMachine

New Member
Joined
Jan 19, 2009
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Hello, there. New member here!

I was wondering, what is the natural color of undyed shantung silk? Is it an off-white color or a more yellowish-tan color?

I was driven to wonder by seeing black-and-white reproductions of pictures in old Esquire magazines, in which were shown natural colored shantung dinner jackets.

Please post illustrations if possible - it would be much more informative for me.

Thanks!
 

apropos

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 2, 2008
Messages
4,461
Reaction score
402
Hello, I have had the opportunity to visit a silk-processing factory, and while I'm not sure about shantung silk specifically, raw silk comes in all hues - from off-white to nearly grey to a very light brown. The 'wild' silks are usually darker than the 'farmed' silks. I'm also not sure about this, but I think that shantung is actually an end-product of a weaving process, rather than a specific type of silk.

Hope that helps!
 

rs232

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
241
Reaction score
19
Shantung is slubbed. It will be ecru. I have a little ecru silk yarn which is a lustrous grey - I'm not sure if it's from wild or cultivated cocoons.
 

HHD

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 31, 2008
Messages
807
Reaction score
7
That's fascinating! I hadn't given it any thought before. Do you have any photos of raw silks, by any chance?
 

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite style of coat for winter? Choose up to 3

  • Peacoat

  • Great coat

  • Trench

  • Mac

  • Chesterfield

  • Duffle coat

  • Topcoat

  • Shearling

  • Balmacaan

  • Parka

  • Loden

  • Car coat


Results are only viewable after voting.

Forum statistics

Threads
503,114
Messages
10,563,498
Members
223,346
Latest member
glamourental
Top