Melange yarn seems to have French origins, probably related to embroidery and needles. The embroidery art is now mostly widespread among women but is well known that in the past was a man occupation.
The melange yarn is usually composed by 2,3 or 4 threads and every yarn is paired with other two twisted. In silk we usually couple two yarns. Different fibers proportion in the blend modify the melange yarn uniqueness. Being a different colours blend, the beauty of these yarns is that they crate different and never regular nuances in the final fabric. The best features and the uniqueness of this fabric are expressed through spotted games and effects.
Melange is a chromatic effect that is created mixing different colour fibres during the wick formation process. On the texture surface is defined a chromatic effect whereby different colour blend to each other. A texture example: Marengo. The Marengo mélange-coloured nuance was originally produced in Spinetta Marengo, a town in the north of Italy, in the 18th century. Following the battle of Marengo in 1800 in which Napoleone Bonaparte's troops defeated the Austrian army, the grey colour of the coat worn by the general became known as Marengo.
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