Whether made from flax or hemp, this fabric came in a variety of grades and was used widely throughout the 18th century. Because hemp linen is treated as an autonomous fabric today, we have separated it into its own category.
At the coarsest level, unbleached linen (also called Oznabrig) was used for all kinds of clothing as well as equipment like market wallets, bags and haversacks, bed linen and ticking.
Bleached and colored linen was used for all clothing. At a finer level, shirt linen could be used for officers' shirts and the better ladies' shifts. At the finest level of all, handerchief linen (also called cambric) was worn next to the skin and used for the ruffles of shifts and sleeves.
Our Basics are always in stock, while our Solid Colors and Checks and Stripes are rotating stock whose availability varies. If you are seeking a particular color, check or stripe that you cannot find here, please contact us and we will send you swatches.