Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dictionary of Textiles

A question came up on h-costume about what a historical textile (dogskin) really was. Fun with google search led me to this awesome resource:

http://books.google.com/books?id=LVEhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA54&lpg=PA54&dq=%22dogskin%22+fabric&source=bl&ots=mV8mI5GYs1&sig=AcqZpxQYd5XpfXCfX5ZVXDC4Ovw&hl=en&ei=4sCtTrHFMafq0gG1yozGDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CFUQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22dogskin%22%20fabric&f=false

It's a scan of a 1912 dictionary of fabrics. Really interesting to peruse, and you can download a pdf to read offline. If you use it on Google you also have a search box so if you come across something in Victorian or Edwardian costume research this could be a big help!