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6524 - Medium Blue & White Checked Light Weight Linen - $14.00


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100% Polish Linen 59 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. The term "checked" in the 18th century referred to any number of patterns woven or printed that  intersected at right angles in order to create squares. Blue dyed with indigo, resistant to fading in a hot wash was a popular color choice with the Foundlings. Checked linens were used for a variety of purposes most often found in aprons, shirts, children's clothing, trousers and linings as well as many household items such as toweling, bed hangings and chair coverings.  


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