Silver Cloth

silver cloth
  • coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam; "silver the necklace"
  • a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography
  • Coat or plate with silver
  • (esp. of the moon) Give a silvery appearance to
  • made from or largely consisting of silver; "silver bracelets"
  • Provide (mirror glass) with a backing of a silver-colored material in order to make it reflective
  • A piece of cloth for a particular purpose, such as a dishcloth or a tablecloth
  • A variety of cloth
  • A woven fabric such as used in dressing, decorating, cleaning or other practical use; A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose; A form of attire that represents a particular profession; Priesthood, clergy
  • Woven or felted fabric made from wool, cotton, or a similar fiber
  • fabric: artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
  • A textile is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres often referred to as thread or yarn. Yarn is produced by spinning raw wool fibres, linen, cotton, or other material on a spinning wheel to produce long strands.

Partially knitted top from Silver infused cloth
Partially knitted top from Silver infused cloth
Yep, you heard me correctly. This cloth is part of a project which infused metals into clothing. The knitted piece was infused in silver nitrate. The little colored pieces you see in there are copper. Why make clothing with metals? The silver is supposed to be antimicrobial and healing. Currently metal fabrics are used in some countries (such as the U.S. and France) for burn patients (it helps heal burn wounds when worn on the skin), and also being used for health care workers because it's resistant to bacteria...much more sanitary. On the flip side, silver fabrics are also being used for athletic wear: socks, tshirts, underwear, and so on. They help with the same purposes, and with sweating. This piece was for artistic purposes, though. I wouldn't mind getting a hold of some of this stuff to knit with! This piece was very heavy for what it is. Not quite as heavy as a piece of chain mail this size...but certainly comparable. This workshop was really informative and lots of fun. Thanks to the folks of MaryAnne's Fiber Workshop in Philadelphia, as well as the retired speaker for Noble Biomaterial's to talk about their developments in the field (as I understand it, they were the first...and also the first to make a go of Rayon in the early 1900s). The clothing is also either currently being issued, or will be issued to our soldiers here and especially overseas as an added form of protection. Something that I found super-neat, to show the silver in the shirt, the speaker did an exhibit. He took a tshirt that was made by the ever-famous tshirt & clothing company "Cotton" (who is apparently manufacturing and selling silver clothing now, too). Anyway, he took this shirt and this tool that sparks at metal (I forget what it's called) and between the fabric and the tool were these bright blue sparks from the metal in the cloth. Funny part was the socks, underwear, and shirt he passed around were very soft, which I didn't expect. Neat stuff. If you ever get a chance, you should look into it.
Silver cloths
Silver cloths
[...] Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths Enwrought with golden and silver light The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams [...] -- Quote by William Butler Yeats (Irish prose Writer, Dramatist and Poet. Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. 1865-1939) Rome, Italy (May, 2008)

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