“silky fabric with a coarse, rustic, lustreless surface; single-coloured, most commonly in an unbleached, natural colour. Woven in linen weave from coarse, uneven yarn from natural silk waste. The name is derived from the type of bourette silk yarn used. Is suitable for ladies’ clothing – notably dresses, suits, blouses – and for a wide variety of sportswear (including men’s).”
I came across this suit from Patrik Ervell in stores recently and was confounded when I checked the fabric content and saw that it was silk. The hand was stiff, the yarn was course, and the fiber felt more like unrefined flax or jute, it’s a fabric called Bourette. It was natural and raw while still being light in weight and with a hint of luster. Ervell likes to experiment with fabrics, not in the way Marni or Prada would, with their techno couture concoctions, but what you will find in his collections are fabrics so removed from our immediate knowledge of textiles that there is more than enough wonder and luxury in their practicality as well as their novelty.