48% wool/52% Silk, 59" wide
In Textiles in America 1650-1870 plate D-30 includes "Silk and worsted dress fabrics called Irish stuffs. From the Holker manuscript, ca. 1750." This cross bared plain weave fabric is similar. Luxuriously soft the earthy brown with a hint of green and light blue cross bars give this Irish stuff an ellegant look. Being lightweight and durable this will make a very nice gown, jacket, or petticoat. In The Pennsylvania Chronicle of 1771, "Ran away . . . a Dutch servant girl . . . Had, and took with her . . . a cross-barred, and two striped flannel petticoats" as cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls. For hand sewing beigh silk quilter's thread is a vary good match.
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 31 July, 2011.