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Weave Sample: Damask (5-shaft Satin)

Oh look, I’m weaving my samples out of order. This is damask on a 5-shaft satin, which is the most common type of damask from the 15th century onwards1.


5-shaft satin damask

[1] Pattern and Loom, by John Becker

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Weave Sample: Sateen

Satin has a similar binding to a warp-faced twill, except that the pattern unit is at least five and the binding is spaced in such a way as to avoid a regular pattern (such as the diagonal pattern in twill).

Satin is commonly associated with silk, as the long floats are ideal for showing off this fibre. There are examples of mixed-fibre satin as well. The Clare Chasuble (late 13th century England) was made from satin with a silk warp and a cotton weft, most likely imported from Iran.
In the late 15th century the Italians were weaving ‘satin de Bruges’ which had a silk warp and a wool or linen weft.


5 shaft sateen


5 shaft sateen (reverse)

*Note: Sateen is generally used to describe a weft-faced satin but has been used to mean other things (such as a satin made from cotton), so this term should be understood in context when reading.

When and where can this textile be found?

  • Satin weave was developed in China, and the earliest examples can be found there dating to the 8th century.
  • Introduced to England no later than the last quarter of the 13th century. [1]

[1] Textiles and Clothing, C.1150-c.1450 by Elisabeth Crowfoot, Frances Pritchard, Kay Staniland

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