Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stroud Cloth by James Blake and Christian Hays

Stroud cloth was a European textile with some significance in the North American Indian trade. Stroud cloth is a textile surrounded with uncertainties, It perhaps gets its name from Stroudwater England a area near Gloucerstershire England known for its superior red wool highly traded and used for British Army Regimental Coats. This woolen cloth seems to have had more then one name it has been refered to as Stroud Cloth, Saved List Cloth, Corded Cloth, and White Selvage Cloth. James Blake and Christian Hays have painstakingly researched the history of this fabric and different variants including handling several different original pieces of the cloth to come up with this version of the cloth. J.B.

Photo supplied by James Blake.

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