Light Saxon Blue Light Weight Wool "Cassimere" - $18.00 yd.


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Cassimere was a fabric created by the Trowbridge weavers who were known for their woolen broadcloth to compete with Norwich worsted stuffs which became ever increasing in their popularity in the 18th century.  Because of their lightweight they were especially demanded in the warmer climates such as Spain and the southern colonies of America.

In 1766 Francis Yerbury of Bradford patented a manner of spinning and weaving woolens to create a superfine twill woven cloth extremely light in weight that had a soft hand and excellent drape. This cloth became highly desired for Ladies wear. According to some of Yerbury’s surviving pattern books he shipped cassimeres to the Carolinas in the 1770’s. A wonderful article by our good friend Royston Berrett about Yerbury’s invention can be read here.

The Saxon color was a blue technique wherein the prepared indigo was digested in oil of vitriol which resulted in turning the process from vat dying to acid dying.  The result was a faster dying time and a color that was vibrant and different from the classic indigo.  We have studied both saxon blue & saxon green wool dye books from the 18th century.  This blue closely resembles our extant examples.

  • Our cassimere is well suited for Lady’s gowns, riding habits, jackets, petticoats, lightweight outer garments, men’s coats, waistcoats and lined breeches, children’s wear as well as household use such as bed curtains.
  • 100% Wool 61 inches wide.
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