Merlot & Cream Checked Linen- $14.00 yd.


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Merlot & Cream Checked Linen

Linen cloth, such as this Merlot & Cream Checked Linen, 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.

In the 18th century, the term “checked” referred to woven or printed patterns that intersected at right angles. Checked linens, such as this Merlot & Cream Checked Linen, were used for a variety of purposes, including aprons, shirts, children’s clothing, trousers, and linings, as well as many household items such as toweling, bed hangings, and chair coverings. Descriptions of self-liberated individuals and other contemporary writings occasionally call out other garments such as a "cross bar gown" or check shortgown or jacket.

  • This Merlot & Cream Checked Linen is medium-weight.
  • Suitable for shirts, aprons, children’s clothing, linings, and utilitarian needs, as well as a variety of garments from later time periods. 
  • 100% Irish Linen 59 inches wide.

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