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Light Gray Cross Barred Camblettee WWV 265


52% wool/48% linen, 61" wide

Usually camblet or camblettee was a worsted silk blend but some were worsted linen blends like this one. A light natural brown ground with two cross bars of indigo blue describes this cambletee. It is an excellent fabric manufactured in England and is at an incredible price. In the 18th century this would be a product of Norwich this was often used for women's gowns and petticoats but could possibly be used for women's jackets. For example in The Providence Gazette an ad in 1775 advertised "to be sold by James Green, at his little shop . . .  a small but neat assortment of English goods, such as calimancoes, plain and cross-barred camblettees" cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Off white 35/2 linen thread would work well for hand sewing this fabric.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 17 June, 2016.

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