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Tow and Linen Wide Stripe WLN 567

$10.00

100% Linen, 60" Wide.

This stripe has a one inch unbleached stripe bound by natural died linen separated by one inch of off white linen. This linen is the counterpart to the check linen WLN 568 but lacks the unbleached stripe in the weft. Tow and linen stripes were often described throughout 18th century America for clothing of laboring people and is frequently included in runaway ads north of Virginia. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jacket, and gown. Men's waistcoat and shirt as well as an occasional lining were also made of tow and linen. In particular one inch wide stripes were used for men's trousers. In 1771 the Newport Mercury published, "RAN AWAY . . . an Apprentice Lad . . . a Shoemaker by Trade; had on and carried away . . . two Shirts, the one striped Tow and Linen, the other Checks" cited in Taylor and Sweet, Runaways, Deserters, and Notorious Villains From Rhode Island Newspapers Volume 2, 2001. Unbleached linen thread for hand sewing and natural or white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material. Matching tape is Sometimes used for binding petticoats and bedgowns.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 01 August, 2012.

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