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 filament yarns that the fabric is woven from, 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.
Scroop has an equally awesome synonym: froufrou (though since the 1950s people have begun to use it to mean frilly, rather than rustle-y, leading to a shift in the meaning).
(bonus awesome 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