Bright Madder Coarse Broadcloth - $36.00 yd.


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Broadcloth in the 18th century was woven on a wide loom measuring 54-63 inches. It was distinguished by its stoutness, tightness of weave, and denseness of fulling which was sheared close to create a silky but firm hand. The tightness of the broadcloth allowed it to be cut raw and left without raveling, unlike flannels and other spongy wools. Broadcloth was finished in various qualities from coarse to superfine.

Madder, a root commonly used to dye a cheaper red, could be used to achieve what we might call a brick red today. We have accumulated primary source documentation for red linen including a dyer in New Hampshire who says he will dye "linnen or cotton a holding red" and an account of red linen handkerchiefs being stolen in 1772.

  • This wool is a coarse broadcloth with a firm hand.
  • It is well suited to uniforms, outerwear, coats, breeches, waistcoats,  riding habits, 19thc winter pelisses, as well as any tailoring need.
  • 100% Wool, 60 inches wide.

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