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Osnaburg you have probably never heard of it!

Textiles4print can obtain any sort of woven non fashion fabric given a bit of time to do so. We sell cloth on roll. We also sell blank items to screen printers. Blank bags for life, blank aprons, blank tea towels,  blank cushion covers, blank bib aprons. We are great at blanks !, we therefore know a lot of printers so if you are thinking about

Osnaburg was a coarse type of plain textile fabric, named for the city of Osnabrück (from which it may have been first imported into English-speaking countries). Originally made from flax yarns, it has been made from either flax, tow or jute yarns, sometimes flax or tow warp with mixed or jute weft, and often entirely of jute. The finer and better qualities form a kind of common sheeting, and the various kinds may contain from 20 to 36 threads per inch and 10 to 15 picks per inch.

It began to be woven in Scotland as an imitation from a German import of a coarse lint or tow-based linen cloth in the later 1730s. It quickly became the most important variety in East-Central Scotland. Sales quadrupled, from 0.5 million yards in 1747 to 2.2 million yards in 1758. It was exported mainly to England, the Netherlands and Britain's colonies in America, and some rough fabrics were called "osnaburg" as late as the mid-twentieth century. In the United States, prior to the abolition of slavery, osnaburg was the fabric most often used for slave garments. Luxury, Lancashire folk had nowt to wear at all. We was all so poor but we was togh.

Tougher than Yorkshire folk who cried if an icicle fell on their nopper which is why they sang on Ilkley Moor bat'at!