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6179 - Light Purple Medium Weight Linen - $12.00 yd.

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100% Irish Linen  58 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.  Shades of purple ranging from reddish purple to bluish purple were popular from mid 18th century on into the 19th century.  Both dyed and stamped purples appear in extant textiles, dyers advertisements, runaway ads and store ads.  This purple might have been got with logwood producing a soft bluish purple color.   Our linen is a medium weight and well suited to Women’s clothing such as gowns, jackets, aprons, accessories and petticoats & accessories, Men’s jackets, linings and waistcoats as well as children’s garments.

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