Watered silk

Watered silk

Watered silk is a type of silk fabric which has been passed through a set of rollers as a fabric finishing process, to give the surface a moiré pattern.

Other fabrics can be given the same process.

Method of production

Moiré effects are produced from two distinctly different methods of finishing. One of these produces the true moiré effect, known as "moiré antique" and "moiré Anglaise," which is a purely physical phenomenon. This "moiré antique" effect is obtained by first damping the material and folding it with the face side inward, and with the two selvedges running together side by side. The cloth is then passed between heated cylinders and under considerable pressure. This is the more permanent of the two styles. The second is an imitation produced mechanically by means of engraved copper rollers. [Encyclopaedia Britannica 1949, volume 15, page 661]


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