Wovember Words #8
Today’s Wovember Word will go back to 100% wool. I mentioned yesterday that Team Wovember Member Kate had looked up the word ‘drugget.’ As often happens when one looks up a word in a dictionary, Kate couldn’t just stop at ‘drugget.’ Today and in the next two posts, we’ll look at some more historical wool cloth words.
These words all come from “Florence M Montgomery’s indispensable reference work Textiles in America, 1650-1870 (2007 edn) (obviously its not ‘American’ textiles at all – the evidence she has of colonial textile industry & exports from the UK, France and the Netherlands is what’s really interesting about the book!)” Whilst you read today’s Wovember Word, I’m off to find a copy of the book!
Baraclade – Dutch term for the woollen blankets that were exported from the Netherlands to America in the 17th & 18th centuries. Baraclades could be used to make clothing as well as acting as blankets
Barracan – a heavy wool fabric, woven and then boiled. Used for eighteenth century heavy outer garments.
Bay – coarse woollen fabric used for lining soldiers uniforms, and for the plain habits of nuns and monks.
Bearskin – not, in fact, the skin of bears, but a thick woollen cloth with a shaggy nap used for overcoats.
Beaver cloth – again, nothing to do with beavers, but a heavy woollen cloth with a raised finish that resembled the fur of . . . you guessed it – beavers.
A small selection of Laura Rosenzweig’s scarves, photographed by and © Felicity Ford