Dating snaps on dresses
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A snap fastener (also called press stud, popper, snap or tich) is a pair of interlocking discs, made out of a metal or plastic, commonly used in place of traditional buttons to fasten clothing and for similar purposes.
Modern snap fasteners were first patented by German inventor Heribert Bauer in 1885 as the "Federknopf-Verschluss", a novelty fastener for men's trousers.During the late 2000s and 2010s, shirts with Western detailing made a comeback in Europe and the southern US due to the popularity of indie rock and a resurgence of interest in vintage Americana.One day you discover a sheer white, highwaisted, empirestyle dress at an antique show. You think it has the basic look of the dresses worn early in the 19th century, but when you look more closely, you find its only closure is metal hooks and eyes running all the way down the back.A circular lip under one disc fits into a groove on the top of the other, holding them fast until a certain amount of force is applied.Different types of snaps can be attached to fabric or leather by riveting with a punch and die set specific to the type of rivet snaps used (striking the punch with a hammer to splay the tail), sewing, or plying with special snap pliers.
Rayon, or artificial silk, is a semi-synthetic fabric processed from cellulose (wood) fibers. Various formulations are known as viscose (English process), Modal, and lyocell. It was used extensively for lingerie and dresses until the 1950s, when nylon became popular.