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Wool Flannels in the 18th century consisted of a woolen yarn slightly twisted in the spinning and woven in plain or twill weave. This created a soft, spongy wool, not extremely sturdy but useful for a variety of purposes such as petticoats, gowns, underwaistcoats, jackets, trousers, slaves and lower class clothing, children's clothing light blanketing etc. When fulled, flannel would become very lofty creating a soft but thick fabric. This wool fulled in a modern washer lost about 5 inches a yard in length and about 3 inches in width.
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