On Dec 21, 2005, at 7:10 PM, Peri wrote:
> According to http://library.thinkquest.org/5443/history.html (and
> corroborated by several other archaeological sources), cotton has been
> around as a fabric since at least 3000 BC. Granted, that was in
> Pakistan. The cloth was, however, brought to Europe in 800 ad, and it
> was found, by Columbus, being cultivated in the Bahamas in the 1400s.
> Cotton was not MACHINE spun until the 17oos.
Nobody is questioning whether cotton in some form was available --
simply whether that form would be at all similar to modern cotton
> In the 1700s, sheets of ice were packed in salt and wrapped in flannel
> and stored underground to keep them frozen until Summer.
Keep in mind that the word "flannel" was used originally for the
woolen cloth -- unless this source is specifically indicating cotton
flannel, I'd assume that it was wool being used.
> Finding out if it was used PRE-1700 could be an interesting quest!
> Does anyone have any idea how it is made? It seems that it should be
> much like felting, which IS period.
Cotton flannel is basically a plain cotton tabby which has had a nap
raised on it. It's the nap that makes it resemble the original
Heather Rose Jones