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crimplene a-go-go

My Aunty K used to be a dressmaker. Back in the day, natural fibres just weren’t the go. I used to make things from the scraps, and watch as she finished yet another terrylene jacket, or run up a smart pair of crimplene trousers. She, my gran, and my mum all had these in every colour imaginable. The swatch books were great too. Prints had hip names like tic-tac, bongo, and zippy, and patterns were described as sew-qwik or jiffy.

Recently, I found this:


How modern and exciting are these brand names? Velva-crepe, bri-nylon, perlon, teltrex, crylon, lurex, trevira…So hi-tech it hurts. Crimplene was invented in an English lab called ICI, located in the Crimple Valley. This was the 1950s, and synthetic fabrics would change the way clothes could be shaped and manufactured. Wigs and fake furs were also being re-thought, with the discovery of dynel and teklan.

Pointless Fabric Trivia: nylon was going to be called nuron or no-run – but it sounded too much like moron, and laddered like crazy.

The nylo-cord chair ad appeared in Australian House & Garden, May 1963.


About Vetti

I love good coffee, street art, tiki bars and kitsch. Adore roller derby and quiffs and vintage Hawaiian shirts. Enjoy a slice of my northside life!

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