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Title: Lampas  
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Subject: Bizarre silk, Weaving, Franco Scalamandré, Mongol elements in Western medieval art, List of fabric names
Collection: Weaves
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Silk lampas woven by Scalamandré Silks in 1995 for the White House Blue Room. The pattern is based on a c. 1816 French design.

Lampas is a type of luxury fabric with a background weft (a "ground weave") typically in taffeta with supplementary wefts (the "pattern wefts") laid on top and forming a design, sometimes also with a "brocading weft". Lampas is typically woven in silk, and often has gold and silver thread enrichment.


Lampas weaves were developed around 1000 CE. Beginning late in the 17th century western lampas production began centered in Lyon, France, where an industry of providing for French and other European courts became centered.



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