Sage Green & Natural Striped Light Weight Linen - $14.00 yd.
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. 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 green is a soft grayish green, possibly gotten in the 18thc with a combination of fustic, logwood and then saddened a bit with copperas.
- This stripe is well suited to gowns, lady's jackets, petticoats, bedgowns and waistcoats, linings and children's clothing.
100% Irish Linen 59 inches wide.