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6364 - Light Briar Coarse Wool Broadcloth - $25.00 yd.


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100% Wool 60 inches wide

Woven on a broad loom measuring 54 to 63 inches, Broadcloth in the 18th century was distinguished by its stoutness, tightness of weave, and denseness of fulling which was sheared close to create a silky but firm hand. The tightness of the broadcloth allowed it to be cut raw and left without raveling unlike flannels and other spongy wools.  Broadcloth was finished in various qualities from coarse to superfine. This broadcloth is quite coarse.  It would have been used for purposes where a less expensive wool was desired.  It can be raw edged but may ravel a bit over time.  We found in our  primary research, examples of cloth like this in an early tailor's waste book dating from the 1730's as well as late in the 80's in a merchants book who had gone bankrupt.  Our color name comes from a wool dye receipt book we studied that still retained the color samples. This wool is well suited to men's jackets, trousers, ladies' winter petticoats, working garments as well other time periods where a coarse woolen is desired.

 
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