White Sheer "Nainsook" Cotton - $12.00 yd.


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First documented in 1790, the term nainsook was said to derive from the Hindi word “nainsukh” which translates “eye’s delight”.  Woven in various weights and fineness this cotton muslin was typically woven of plain weave but could also be striped.  Several samples in Ackermann’s Repository show it being used for gowns, shawls and window treatments.  It’s popularity continued in 19th century and it was woven plain in the Edwardian period in a variety of weights and levels of sheerness to suit any lingerie, summer wear or child’s dress need.  We have an original nainsook sample book from this period where the sheerest is virtually identical to this fabric.

  • Suited for any gown where a fine cotton muslin is required, as well as fine accessories such as caps, aprons, neckerchiefs, handkerchiefs, sleeve flounces and tuckers. 
  • Also suited for anything with white work or embroidery to include last quarter 18th century on into 19th century gowns as well as children’s clothing and 19th to early 20th century undergarments.
  • 100% Cotton 45 inches wide.

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