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.
Lampas textile in silk and gold, Iraq, 14th century, Musée de Cluny
Silk furnishing fabric, lampas weave, Italy, late 17th-early 18th century, Honolulu Museum of Art
Man’s bizarre silk sleeved waistcoat, France, c. 1715. Silk satin with supplementary weft patterning bound in twill (lampas). LACMA M.2007.211.40
Man’s coat, France, 1745-1750. Silk plain weave with supplementary weft patterning bound in plain weave (lampas). LACMA M.2007.211.795
Lampas brocaded with silk and chenille, rewoven for the billiard room of the petit appartement of Marie-Antoinette at Versailles.
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