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~5 oz. Oznabrig Linen WLN 605


100% linen, ~5 oz., 62" wide

This linen is lighter in color than our WLG 100 and almost has an oatmeal look although it is woven of all the same thread in both directions. Because it is not chemically treated, as many modern linens are, it feels stiff tot he touch but will begin to soften as soon as you wash it and begin to use it. Ozenbrig (with many spellings) was first named after the German city, Osnabruck, that produced considerable amounts of it. Later in the 19th century, as with many fabrics, oznabrig began to be made of cotton. Prior to the 19th century 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 cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1775 published an ad including "Lost from the subscriber . . .  an indented female child . . .  had on . . .  a coarse ozenbrigs shift." Another cited in the same source includes 1775 "Run away . . .  a High Dutch Servant Girl . . .  Had on . . .  an Ozenbrigs short Gown". Other articles like market wallets, bags and bed sheets 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.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 16 October, 2014.

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