Bright Madder Coarse Broadcloth - $39.00 yd.


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Bright Madder Coarse Broadcloth

In the 18th century, broadcloth, such as this Bright Madder Coarse Broadcloth, 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 broadcloth allowed it to be cut raw without unraveling, unlike flannels and other spongy wools. Broadcloth was finished in various qualities from coarse to superfine.

Madder, a root used to dye a cheaper red, could achieve what we'd call a brick red today. Primary source documentation includes 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 Bright Madder Coarse Broadcloth is coarse with a firm hand.
  • Well-suited to uniforms, outerwear, coats, breeches, waistcoats,  riding habits, 19thc winter pelisses, and any tailoring need.
  • 100% Wool, 60 inches wide.

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