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6464 - Light Brown & White Stripe Light Weight Linen - 13.00 yd.

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100% Irish Linen 62 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. Woven stripes were a common way of introducing pattern and color into textiles inexpensively. More complex stripe weaves like this one are seen in the 1771 textile sample book from the Manchester manufacturing firm of Benjamin and John Bower, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. They are also seen in early 19th century samples.  This textile is light and suited best for summer gowns & women's jackets, petticoats, linings and children's clothing. Please note: this stripe runs SELVEDGE TO SELVEDGE, across the width of the fabric.

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