Antique Edwardian English cotton net veiling is often difficult to find,
as it pre-dates most modern veils. It's drape is similar to silk
tulle but with more body. It is also slightly more opaque than silk.
known as English net, it is prone to water spotting and will tear easily
when wet but it can be washed gently. Stronger than silk tulle but weaker than nylon, cotton net has a tendency to crease like
nylon but unlike nylon, it can be pressed.
Historically, silk veils were very
expensive for most turn of the century brides and for many, the cotton
veil or "English Net" was the only affordable option.
English Net had beauty, but it became passť when successful silk
cultivation produced beautiful silk veiling near the end of World War
I. For an Edwardian wedding
English Net is the best. Most veils are square cut and many are
embellished with tambour floss.
vintage? What about wearing a modern veil?
Sure, nylon Illusion netting
is easily found and comes in several sizes, the most popular widths being 72"
to 108". Being nylon, this net has a stiffer hand
as it is a spun melt
All Man Made fiber is spun in three
1) Dissolving the raw material to make
2) Forcing the solution through a spinneret to form a fiber
3) Solidifying the fiber by coagulation, evaporation or cooling
less expensive and easier to produce
but it has a tendency to have a grey color cast
rather than a natural material.
Manufacturers have devised ways of dyeing the materials and
generally offer shades of white and off-white. The three
color choices commonly found are
Diamond White, and Ivory.
White illusion netting is perfect for the
new, contemporary white
gowns. Diamond White, which is a soft off-white, works well with vintage
gowns, and Ivory illusion net has a deep yellow cast, which may be best for
the very "yellowed" antique gowns. Much of the
ivory nylon tulle sold has a distinct yellow cast that does not look
vintage, so it might be difficult to pair old and new without multiple