Laylock & White Figured Striped Linen- $14.00 yd.

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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.  More complex stripe weaves like this one are seen in the 1771 textile sample book from the Manchester manufacturing firm of Benjamin and John Bower, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. They are also seen in early 19th century samples.  

"Laylock" was a North country provincialism for Lilac in England. In 18th century dye receipt books, the shades ranged from a light pinkish purple to a much deeper purple. Various shades of purple were popular from mid 18th century into the 19th century and worn by all classes.

  • This lightweight striped linen is well suited to gowns, lady's jackets, petticoats, bedgowns and waistcoats, linings and children's clothing.
  • This stripe runs selvage to selvage. Keep in mind your pattern layout when purchasing if you wish the stripes to be vertical in the garment.
  • 100% Irish Linen 62 inches wide

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