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Purple Manchester Velvet WCN 336


100% cotton, 48" wide

Cotton velvet spread rapidly after the 1750s and were known as "Manchester goods". Manchester velvets were used in the 18th century for men's waistcoats, jackets and breeches. Velvets were also used for cuffs, collars and facings on coats and for women's shoes. In the early 19th century velvet was used for women's outerwear such as spencers but also in trims and accessories. For example in the 1775 Pennsylvania Packet an ad included, "Ran away . . .  an indented servant Irish woman . . .  She had on . . .  a pair of leather or purple velvet shoes" cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls. Blue linen thread for hand sewing will match this fabric as will blue quilter's thread for sewing button holes.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 12 August, 2016.

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