Help with fabric

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Vintagiality, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    Hello all,

    Could you help me identify this fabric? I want to call it linen burlap or something like it but it's not as rough to the touch.

    Thank you
    Victoria
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  2. Vinclothes

    Vinclothes Alumni +

    Linen weave rayon? You might want to do a burn test. Good luck.
    Marian
     
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  3. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

  4. claireshaeffer

    claireshaeffer Trade Member

    Marian, why do you think it's rayon? I'm not questioning you--just trying to understand since I have very little experience with rayon

    Testing. If it is linen when you burn it, it will leave a skeleton of the yarns; if it is rayon, it will burn like cotton.

    Victoria, a look at the label might help. If it is an expensive design, it may be linen; if a more moderate price, it's probably rayon.
     
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  5. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    Hi Claire,

    There is no label. Just a ILGWU tag. I wouldn’t think it’s an expensive design. I am afraid of doing any kind of burn tests in my apartment due to all the sprinklers. Probably just me being paranoid. Anyhow, the fabric doesn’t feel like either linen or rayon to the touch. Not nearly as soft. It’s not as rough as burlap but definitely has some of that feeling of a burlap bag.
     
  6. denisebrain

    denisebrain Trade Member

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  7. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    Another possibility is that it is union cloth - a cotton/linen or cotton/rayon blend.
     
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  8. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    Another possibility is that it is union cloth - a cotton/linen or cotton/rayon blend.
     
  9. Vinclothes

    Vinclothes Alumni +

    It is hard to tell what a fabric is from images. You need to be able to touch it, crumple it up, even smell it to get an idea. But the style of the dress and the close up images resemble linen weave rayon fabrics I have had experience with. But the rougher texture and slubs make me uncertain. I think, Maggie has nailed (pinned) it with rayon butcher cloth. And it could be a blend, as Linn says. So much to learn.
    Marian
     
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  10. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    Reading about rayon butcher cloth, I think that Maggie is correct! Thank you so much everyone.
     

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