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Object Name Fragment
Catalog Number 0985.10.00025o
Description Cloth fragment: one of 19 piece samples of homespun cloth with each piece a different pattern. Believed all cotton. Plain weave (made on two shaft loom).

Cloth is cut in a triangular shape. The warp consists of alternating strips of white and dark brown thread. The weft consists of alternating strips of light blue and white threads, with a narrow strip of red/rust between the blue and white strips. The ending pattern is checkered with a hint of plaid. The weave is mostly tight, but opening in spots, and is generally fairly uniform and smooth.
Dimensions W-2.635 L-5 inches
Owned Mrs. J. J. McIver; unidentified slaves
Made slaves
Provenance Slaves belonging to Mrs. J. J. McIver of Darlington, South Carolina, made these homespun samples during the war.

"Ten pieces of cloth that Mrs. J. J. McIver had dyed and woven during the War to clothe her negroes. Five bits of cloth worn by Mrs. McIver of Darlington Co., SC, for dresses and worn through the war."
People McIver, J. J., Mrs.
unidentified slaves
unidentified African Americans
Search Terms ersatz
homespun
Subjects slaves
slavery
African Americans
civilians
Weaving