100% cotton, 43" wide
Cotton velvet spread rapidly after about the 1750s and were known as "Manchester goods". White velvets were used in the 18th century for women's cloaks and possibly 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 1773 Providence Gazette an ad included, "robbed of the following Articles, viz . . . a Surtout Coat, of a light drab Colour, with a large Velvet Collar" cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Off white linen thread matches this fabric as will white quilter's thread for sewing button holes.
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 13 August, 2016.