Perhaps all you bright people can answer something for me? Were smocks or chemises ever made out of silk? I see them made fairly often by various re-enactors and they do look lovely. And I have, from time to time, came across a mention if it in costume books- that they were made either by linen or by silk. I have never, however, seen a source for this statement. Have you? Are there any sources that say this? The only one I’ve seen says linen, the richer the person, the finer the fabric.
So, is this just something re-enactors do because it looks nice, or because they have a hard time finding very fine linen? Or is there any source out there that lists silk for underwear? And if you have, for what time-period?