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Object Name Fragment
Catalog Number 0985.10.00025n
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 two corners cut at an angle. Alternating strips of dark brown, light brown, and white to create a checked pattern. Weave is tight and pretty smooth. Possibly used for clothing. Appears to be the same cloth as 0985.10.00025L.
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