This week I thought I would do a fun little terminology post, and when your term is scroop, there is no way you can’t have fun!
What is scroop? Scroop is the sound that taffeta makes.
Yes, it is an actual, proper, technical textile term (not like all those costuming collective nouns that we came up with).
Both silk and rayon taffetas (and some other silk and rayon fabrics) can have scroop, but it’s not caused by the weave, or the quality of the fabric. Scroop is added with a special acid treatment, which hardens the fibres of the fabric, making them rustle more.
An early article on synthetic silk (rayon) mentions that it is shinier than real silk, but that its scroop is less.
Imagine the scroop of this dress:
Want to know the best thing about scroop? It has an even more awesome synonym – froufrou!
(bonus best thing – there was a British peer names Scroop Egerton, he was the Viscount of Brackley and then the Earl of Bridgewater)
Cant, Jennifer and Fritz, Anne, Consumer Textiles. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 1988