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Black moire/watered "silk"

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Can anybody tell me where I can buy, (or steal) some black moire, preferably silk, enough for a waistcoat? I have tried all the places I know - James Hare, Bennett's, MacCulloch's, Borowick'a, the various cloth shops in Berwick Street, "Cheap Fabrics" and all the places mentioned on the query from Sally about cheap silks.

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As a last resort could you dye some of another colour?

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I have no idea what they'd charge, (wouldn't imagine cheap - british woven silks never are are they??!!), but you could try the following:

http://freespace.virgin.net/humphries.weaving/index.htm

http://www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk/

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At the moment Sally it's a question of finding any at all!!

Thanks Deb - have sent queries to both, (and bookmarked them - lost all my bookmarks when the old computer froze!)

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SC, you could try Hansson Silks in Guildford www.hansson-silks.co.uk. I called in this lunchtime and they do have black silks but I'm not sure what type you are after. Give them a bell 01483 451625.

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Thanks John - I gave them a ring, and the very helpful lady said that they have no watered/moire silk. Bother - another source unable to help.

Thanks for the info though - another address I lost when my computer went down.

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Hi there!

Just in case anone hasn't reccommended them already on another thread try www.henrybertrand.co.uk

Used to sell smaller sample amounts if already a customer or could try the student sample section.(they did have very different pricing structure for the trade and the off the street custom btw)

Excellent quality and ranges, used them when doing couture work and the posh bridal wear but that was a few years age now... :D

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Thanks - I e-mailed them a few days ago, but no reply so far! Tried Joel's too - don't actually care where it comes from as long as it can be got, which seems very unlikely at the moment.

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Don't know if this helps, but the only garments where moire is still regularly used is in the linings of academic hoods and for priests vestments. Do you know anyone in this business who you might contact?

All the best,

Sophia :D

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Thanks for the suggestion - I'll contact "Ede and Ravenscroft" in the morning and see if they can help.

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could you dismantle an existing garment? Just as an example there are these on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1940S-BLACK-SILK- ... dZViewItem

or this fabric is pink but might dye? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/8-Metres-of-Pale- ... dZViewItem
or a lilac version
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LILAC-MOIRE-TAFFE ... dZViewItem
or rose
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/24-5-M-Watered-Si ... dZViewItem
all probably something horrible and undyeable fibre wise though :?

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Great idea, thanks for the suggestion - I'll think seriously - and quickly - about that black moire dress.

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Dear Suzi,

I have sent you a pm.

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Post by frances »

Brain being a bit slow tonight - moire is difficult to dye as the moire effect is made by the fabric being passed between metal cyclinders with the water effect on them and is pressured onto the surface of the fabric. That is why if you get water on the fabric by accident it is ruined.

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