Rare Cotton weft blanket from South Wales.


A very rare textile indeed, With a cotton weft & Wool warp or Linsey.

Common practice in North America where cotton was much more widely & cheaply available & was known at Linsey wolsey. it was often mixed with flax ( linen) or cotton on Anglesey where wool was scarce. Used to eke out the yarn at times when wool was expensive , as it was in the latter part of the Nineteenth century. Wool prices plummeted following the First World War putting hundreds of mills out of business.

Constructed with a plain weave & undyed yarns of Black & Cream with a wash of pale pink from a natural dye of Cochineal ( Asiatic beetle). A small over check with hand sewn central seam & warp ends. The variation of thickness in yarns created a boucled appearance & the cotton thread has taken the Pink dye more strongly than the wool.

A fascinating example of a mid Nineteenth century cloth, from a period when the flannel industry of South Wales was already in decline , having prospered for two Centuries or more. Now , as the woollen industry migrated to more profitable West Wales from Montgomeryshire, Caerffilli & Monmouthshire (Abergavenny). A few mills hung on , weaving on antiquated machinery , relics from an Industrial revolution that had clothed the heavy industries of the South. Abergavenny flannel, once famous for its high quality was now being produced in Longtown, Herefordshire. By all accounts an inferior grade that was rolled  instead of folded to disguise its flaws on inspection. Still marketed as Abergavenny Flannel one advert for the time reads:

ELIZEBETH PHILLIPS,

DYER

CWN, Near Longtown.

Respectfully begs to aquaint her friends , and the public in general, that she has recently established a 

MANUFACTORY

For the spinning and weaving of Woollen cords, cloth, flannel. Blanketting, Linsey, Carpeting, Bed Covers, Horse & Collar cloths.

N.B Yarn of all sorts may be done up on the most reasonable terms.

FOR READY MONEY

The Term linsey is used here to describe a cotton weft such as this one. It has no repairs & is in beautiful original condition. No doubt the seams have been re sewn over its long history.

Measures 80" x 66" ( 204cm x 168cm)




Rare Cotton & wool blanket (Linsey) dyed with Cochineal NL10

  • Product Code: NL10
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £349.00


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