Linen - Stripes, Checks & Figures

London Red, White, & Blue Light Weight Striped Linen - $14.00 yd. pieces



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. London red is our name for a unique silk ribbon color we found while studying the Foundling tokens. This color, a mixture of dark pink with a hint of yellow was often listed in the billets simply as the color “red”.  Since the red we think of today is quite different we gave it, it's own name! 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.
  • 100% Polish Linen 65 in. wide.

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