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Object Name Fragment
Catalog Number 0985.10.00025h
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 rectangular shape with one corner cut off. Short straight edge is salvage. Cloth appears to have a blue background with narrow strips of brown running in both the warp and weft forming a plaid pattern. Narrow strips of white in the weft are laid between two narrow brown strips.
Dimensions W-2.25 L-3.25 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