Buttons pays homage to the origins of the Macclesfield silk industry, home of my great great grandfather Joshua Oldfield, a silk hand loom weaver in the 1800s. Although silk was too delicate and expensive for the general population, silk buttons were relatively inexpensive, and their manufacture in Macclesfield in the 1700s was the start of that town’s great silk history.
In remaining true to its inspiration, the main component of this fabric is tussah silk, giving a luxurious finish with a clotted cream colouring. Keeping with the traditional yarns of the time, the outlining threads are a cotton/linen mix with a slight slub, adding texture and a matt foil to the sheen of the silk.
With its long floats on the reverse side of the fabric, this piece would suit a fully-lined, softly flowing jacket. The height of luxury!