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I work in the following fabrics:

Linen
Linen is a natural material that was widely used throughout medieval and renaissance times. It is generally considered to be the oldest natural textile fiber (dating apx. 5000BC). It was the most common fabric available to the general populace. It ranges in weight from handkerchief weight to fairly heavy. Many linens are available in cross-weaves which add an additional depth to the fabric, using both contrasting colors (ex. maroon and pale yellow to make rust), related colors (ex. dk. blue and med. blue to make a richer blue). It is a good all-around fabric, it breathes well for warm temperatures but also is warm enough for cooler climates. Linen is easily cleaned.

  Colors Easily Available: (mostly lighter colors)
Natural
Reds
Blues
Purples
Browns
Yellows
Black and White
Oranges/Golds

very limited quantities of any greens - these are very hard to get


Cotton
Cotton is also a natural material, but does not drape as well as linen. It was not readily available in medieval and renaissance times. Around 300BC, the army of Alexander the Great brought cotton goods into Europe, but the cloth was so expensive that only the very rich could afford it. Modern cotton fabric is readily available in a light-medium weight. It is another good all-around fabric, it breathes well for warm temperatures but also is warm enough for cooler climates. Cotton is easily cleaned.

  Colors Easily Available:
Natural
Reds
Blues
Purples
Browns
Yellows
Black and White
Oranges
Greens
and almost any other color imaginable


Wool
Wool is a material that has a wide range of varieties and uses. Wool was one of the most basic fabrics available in the middle ages to all social classes.
I use very basic mid-weight 100% wool, preferrably felted wool (that does not ravel) when I can find it, or make it.

  Colors Easily Available:
All wool is based on availability.
I never know what colors I can get at any given time.
There may be a surcharge if I have to special order your color.


Silk
Silk is another natural material used in medieval and renaissance times. It was used by the upper classes and available by import from a very early time. The manufacturing of silk in the west started by the 10th Century in Spain, also spreading to Italy (12th cen.) and France (15th cen.). This fabric tends to be fairly lightweight with a certain amount of crispness or stiffness not found in cotton or linen. Also unlike cotton or linen, it is much more difficult to clean and maintain, as it requires handwashing or dry-cleaning.

  Colors Easily Available:
Available in most jewel tones, and a number of paler colors and cross-weaves (commonly called shot silk).


Velvet
Velvet is another material used in medieval and renaissance times. In use by the rich, velvet could be made from any of the natural materials. This fabric is quite heavy, though it usually drapes well. Velvet is difficult to clean and maintain, requiring dry-cleaning.

  Colors Easily Available:
Black
Dk Blue
Dk Green
Burgundy/Dk Red
Other basic colors, but they would be based on availability.


Brocades
Typically made from silk or velvet in medieval and renaissance times. Mordernly, brocades are available in a variety of materials, and range from a medium-weight fabric to quite heavy. Most brocades require dry-cleaning.

  Colors Easily Available:
There exists a large variety of brocades.
Please specify primary and secondary colors, and I will send swatches.


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