Types of Cloth made in the West Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Kindly compiled by Robert Dainton.

 

Beavers fur

a lower grade heavily milled cloth with a raised nap like beaver

Burels

a low grade cloth for soldiers uniforms

Cassimeres

high grade cloth with a narrow twill

Castlecombes

a red cloth

Cords

a type of weave to produce a cord texture

Doeskins

a cloth with a raised nap with the texture of doeskin

Druggets

a high grade cloth similar to serge

Duffles

a lower grade cloth

Flannel

a soft high grade cloth

Kerseys

light weight coloured cloths

Liveries

middle grade cloth dyed with exact colours of liveries

Meltons

a cloth with a special soft finish

Moleskins

a cloth with a raised nap with the texture of moleskin

Plunkets

a low grade coloured cloth

Osetes

narrow coloured cloth

Rays

stripped coloured cloth, narrower width than broadcloth

Salisbury

a high grade cloth (a style of cloth originally from Salisbury, Wilts)

Serges

high grade cloth made by weaving worsted warp and woolen weft

Spanish

a high grade light weight cloth made from very short and soft wool

Superfines

the top grade broadcloth, smooth, light weight, even colour, strong, etc.

Toilinettes

a low grade coarse cloth

Tweeds

a cloth woven from different coloured wools or twills to produce patterns

Venetians

a black broadcloth woven with a twill

Woolen

cloth made from carded wool

Worsted

cloth made from combed wool