100% Unbleached Linen
6.5 oz., 60" wide
Oznabrig (with many spellings) was first named after the German city that first produced considerable amounts of it. Later in the 19th century, as with many fabrics, oznabrig began to be made of cotton. Oznabrig is a cheap unbleached fabric related to brown linen, tow and rolls and was often used to make men's shirts, hunting frocks, trousers, and overalls and women's shifts, gowns, petticoats, aprons, and pockets.
For example in The Virginia Gazette in 1745 "a Servant Woman . . . her Speech is the North of England Dialect, and says she was born in Lincolnshire: she had on, when she went away, a Oznabrig Shift" and again in 1775 "a convict servant, a Scotchman . . . Had on and took with him . . . one oznabrig [waistcoat] . . . two oznabrig shirts, two pair of oznabrig trowsers". Other articles like market wallets, bags, bed sheets, bed ticks, and haversacks may be made of this fabric as well. Although unbleached, this fabric will slowly fade to a creamy white with washings and time in the sun. Hand sewing this fabric would work best using unbleached linen thread.
Return to main site
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 30 April, 2007.