Sunday, 10 November 2013
Knowing the names was one thing - knowing exactly what they might be was quite a different matter and in the days before the internet, almost impossible. However, I can tell you that Adatis or Aabdaties is a cotton cloth imported from Bengal in India. It was defined as a Muslin by the Acts of 1700. It appears to have been very fine. The earliest date of use was 1687. On the other hand, Aetes was a textile made of linen. A reference to it exists in 1657 and it is described as a Holland Cloth, presumably because it came from that region. Since many fabrics do have a place name as a descriptor, 'Aetes' may be the name of a place. If that is the case, it has not been located. Impressive or what? However, I must confess I do have some help and if you are as interested as I am in the provenance of textiles and other imported items relevant to the textile trade, then you will love this web-site - The on-line Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities 1550-1820.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 21:00