Thursday, July 23, 2009

Negro Clothing...... Osnaburg


The slaves’ clothing was usually very rough and inadequate. Men commonly had only two trousers and two or three shirts to last the year. The female slaves had a similar number of dresses in dull colors. These clothes were often made from osnaburg (commonly called “Negro cloth”). Osnaburg is a heavy course cotton of the kind used today in feed sacks or drapes. Male and female children wore only a shirt until they were grown, then they started wearing clothes.

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What is Osnaburg?

Its origins began in Osnabruck, Germany, date uncertain, for which the fabric was named. It was a coarse, strong, plain-weave tow linen often left in its natural color. Fabric might have been similar to or a type of canvas, dowlas or sackcloth, all coarse linens used for cloak bags and cases and clothing for lower classes in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Modern osnaburgs are coarse-yarn, medium and heavy weight cloths of low construction made of [1] part-waste cotton mixed with low-grade cotton called PW osnaburgs and [2] all short-staple white cotton low-grade stock called clean osnaburgs. Thread count ranges from 20x20 to 40x40.

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