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Fabrics

The best fabrics to use are the natural fibers in simple weaves, like Linens and wools in plane weave or twils. Don't feel though that you can't use more complex woven patterns, some fabrics at the time had very intricate woven patterns, but these would have be more costly. You can use some of the more complex weaves but not the Jackards and floral tapestry fabricks. They did rarely print fabrics but it was like potato block printing, but very few almost none of the prints avaiable today are apropriate for early period garb.

Plaids are not restricted to Scotland, weaving a tartain or plaid pattern is one of the simplest way to give textiles character, and it was done everywere.

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2005 January 28