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 rectangular shape. Alternating threads of brown and white thread in both the warp and weft creates a rough box pattern with white parallel lines running warp-wise. Weave is smooth and tight; probably used for clothing.
|Dimensions||W-1.188 L-2.125 inches|
|Owned||Mrs. J. J. McIver; unidentified slaves|
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."
McIver, J. J., Mrs.
unidentified African Americans