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I met someone this week who’s name is Qiana.

My mind immediately flashed back to the 70s, DISCO, platform shoes, mirror balls, smoky clubs, and loud silky shirts.

It was a wonderful trip down memory lane.

But, I was amazed that someone would name a child Qiana.

Qiana is a fabric.

What’s her brother’s name?  Cotton?

It is a silky nylon fiber developed in 1962 at the DuPont Experimental Station by a party hound named Stanley Brooke Speck.

The fiber was christened Qiana – no one will say why – and introduced in 1968.

Initially intended for high-end fashions – the designers had a hissy fit –  it became a popular material in the 1970s for faux-silk men’s shirts.

They had gawdaful bold patterns. The shirts were generally cut tight and included wide collars to fit over the collars of the incredibly tacky double-knit suits generally worn to discos.

You saw Saturday Night Fever? Right?


Nik-Nik was a manufacturer of many of the silky shirts, and I had a thousand of them.

Gosh I miss Disco!

My favorite had Hawai’ian Girls on it – topless!

It was a big hit at work.

Again, I miss the 70s!


The shirts were HUGE, and anybody who was anybody and cared about partying had a few.

Roman Ruins Shirt

In retrospect, they were hot, heavy and breathed not at all.

But, they were fun, faddish, and a must have for the Disco Dude!

Like I said, I had a thousand of them, fortunately, not one picture was taken!



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