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Madder red Tudor style woollen 2/2 twill cloth - fabric sold by the half yard

Madder red Tudor style woollen 2/2 twill cloth - fabric sold by the half yard

Regular price £26.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £26.00 GBP
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International shipping information

For our customers in the US, we've been told US Customs and Border Control might charge an import duty of 7% on our woollen fabric. The charge is based on the value of the fabric (excluding shipping), and there may also be some small fees in addition. While we cannot guarantee the amount that will be charged, it's likely to be something along those lines.

If ordering more than a yard to an address outside of UK, please provide us with a contact telephone number in the notes field when you check out as we may send it by courier.

• 100% New Zealand wool
• 60in (152cm) wide
• 18 oz/yd or 11 oz/sq yd
• 2/2 twill
• Made in the United Kingdom

This 100% wool fabric has been specially commissioned by The Tudor Tailor from a Yorkshire mill and is available in various colours. The weave is a 2/2 twill which has a good stretch across the bias, making it an excellent choice for bias-cut hose. It also has a lovely drape and makes up beautifully for petticoats, kirtles, coats and gowns.

The range of colours is based on the mass survey of 57,000 garments extracted from wills and inventories which is the basis for our book The Typical Tudor. Our findings make it clear that there were strong conventions in choices of colour for certain garments depending on one's gender and social status.

This listing is for woollen cloth in madder red, a popular colour for many 16th century garments and the ‘must-have’ colour for Tudor women’s petticoats. In our study of 10,000 wills from Essex made between 1558-1603 the most startling fact to emerge was that 87% of women's petticoats specified by colour were red. Our latest research reveals that this was also usual in other counties in England, and in the earlier part of the century. Red was believed to have health-giving properties, and wearing it near the skin was considered beneficial to one's well-being.

PLEASE NOTE, this fabric is sold by the half yard (46cm). To order the exact amount required simply select multiple quantities before adding it to your cart. For example, if you need 3½ yards, select 7 in the 'quantity' box and we'll cut the 3½ yards as one continuous length of cloth. The wool has been chemically dyed to a shade achievable with madder. The best indication of the colour can be seen in the photos where multiple colours are shown together.

We offer a range of natural fabrics to meet the making needs of the discerning costume maker from basic calico (US muslin) for toiles to quality linens for making linings and underwear. We also offer a variety of woollen fabrics appropriate for Tudor reconstructions. Please visit our fabric section to see our complete range.

Any photos showing garments are intended for illustrative purposes only. No garments are included in this listing.

Care Instructions

Handwash or dry clean

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