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6559 - London Red, White, & Blue Striped Light Weight Linen - $14.00


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100% Polish Linen 65 in. 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. Sometimes the looms were warped with the stripes but likewise you found the stripe introduced in the weft yarns. The color could be introduced with a linen yarn or in the case of many Manchester goods, in a cotton yarn.  Indigo appears frequently in the Foundling collection being dyed both in linen and in cotton.   Indigo, resistant to fading in a hot wash was a popular color choice with the Foundlings.  The term "London" red is a color name we assigned to the unique color we found among the Foundling silk ribbons.  They were called out only as red but were a unique mix of red, yellow and leaned almost to pink, decidely not what you or I would think of as red today.  We have found stripes such as these not only with the Foundlings, but in several Manchester books dating from the 70's and early 80's.  This stripe is well suited to gowns, lady's jackets, petticoats and waistcoats, linings and children's clothing.

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