2. Rayalite Artificial Silk Shade Card
This card folder contains small samples of yarn and showcases Rayalite Artificial Silk. The rather dull and stained folder, 11.7cms wide/4.6ins by 17.8cmshigh/7ins, opens to reveal the glorious colours of small samples of yarn. The sheen and glow of the colours shows clearly why rayon became a popular yarn in the 1920s and 1930s. Artificial silk, or art silk, as rayon was almost always known commercially, was produced as a cheaper substitute for silk. This yarn was advertised as ‘the New Rayalite Art Silk’ in 1925. The Knitting & Crochet Guild Collection has items from that period made in this type of yarn.