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6059 - Brown & Natural Medium Weight "Ticken" Stripe Linen - $12.00 yd.

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100% Irish Linen 60 inches wide

Linen cloth was woven of flax fiber in many grades and weaves.  Used in every aspect of living from clothing, to household needs to furnishings to the shroud made for the corpse, linen was so common that a tax was proposed as a source of easy revenue on the coarser sorts being imported into the US towards the end of the 18th century.  Tickings or “ticken” encompassed a group of twill woven linens.  It could be woven as a plain twill or herringbone weave.  We have studied a huge number of striped linens as well as Manchester linen/cottons.  This stripe appears in a letter to Parliament dated 1784 showing imported linen goods that would be subject to duty tax.  Likewise we have record of an almost identical stripe left as a Foundling token in 1758.  Although not heavy, it is tightly woven and is well suited to gowns, petticoats, Lady’s jackets, children’s clothing, waistcoats and summer jackets or coats, summer trousers as well as linings. 

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