Natural Manchester Cotton - $12.00 yd.


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Natural Manchester Cotton

The Manchester region of England was highly successful in its desire to compete with the growing popularity of the India cottons of the 18thc. Using various combinations of linen and cotton yarns, they produced a wide array of textiles including checks, stripes, figures and solids, to be left plain, dyed or printed to the latest fashion. The quality of these goods ranged from the coarsest to the finest, which could today, fool the naked eye if not viewed through a microscope. In our research, we have been fortunate to study a wide variety of these goods.

This Natural Manchester Cotton contains hemp rather than flax, and is a product called Hemptex by Robert Kaufmann.  Hemp was interchangeable with flax in some 18th century linen goods.  It was not always specified in the name, therefore without microscopic ID, it is often not known in collections if a fiber is flax or hemp, and is typically only referred to as Linen.  You can read more about the durability and sustainability of Hemp here.

  • Our Natural Manchester Cotton is lightweight.
  • Suitable for gowns, petticoats, lightweight jackets, bedgowns and aprons, men's waistcoats, lightweight jackets, linings, accessories, and children's clothing
  • This Natural Manchester Cotton is 55% Hemp 45% Cotton, 54 inches wide
  • Okeo-Tex Certified

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