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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: March 24th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC) (link)
I meant fashion in detail but after looking the one I'm thinking of is "camlet" I do have pics from an article on habits in a Washington antiques show of a *cotton* twill habit at the Smithsonian...but I know I've seen linen before too.

I think you should go for it - linen riding habits DID exist and red was always a very "in" color for habits.

And hey, you could always email Mark Hutter!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 24th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah I know the one you are talking about. I think the website has it as a wool blend. Thanks for the other references! So glad to know it wasn’t my imagination!

I'm pretty convinced linen is an acceptable fabric, I'm just not sure about the color since most of these non-wool habits seem to be in the cream/neutral family. Red was very popular though (I've found lots of examples) so I'm trying to decide if it's too big a stretch or not. *ponder*
nuranar From: nuranar Date: March 24th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC) (link)
It's a tricky question, I agree. Linen is consistent with a warm-weather habit, but red is (and was seen as) such a warm color that it doesn't quite seem right in this case. Definitely something we want evidence for. :/
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: March 24th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC) (link)
I did hear somewhere that red linen was very rare in the 18th century, because dyeing linen red was notoriously hard without our chemical mordants. It was good on cotton and wool, but really tricky on linen. Off my head I can't think of any red linen extant garments from the 18th century, but I'm not very good at memory recall :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 25th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (link)
I've heard that too. Well not red on linen specifically but red in general. Heck red dyes are still a tricky thing even in modern clothes. I can't think of a red linen extant garment offhand but then again I've never looked specifically for one...
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