1.) Where can I get cloth of a rougher texture? All the store boughts
are microtwist herringbone crap that is very mundane.
Go to you local conglomo-chain, be it jo-ann, hancock, or wally world
and go to the "utility fabric" section or the muslins. Osnaburg, galway
cotton, canvas, duck, monks cloth, and cotton twill all have wonderful
texture and with a hot water pre wash with a detergent that does not
have a color protect treatment or colorsafe bleach will dye up like a
Linen-look solids are also very nice... linen/cotton blend
If you live in a place that has a nice non-chain fabric store like the
one I work in... you have even better options. Ask the clerks and
managers what you are looking for. Often they can dig it up from another
store or order it in. After all, the smaller stores are there to serve
the community that is fed up with the conglomo chains, they want your
business... they want you to tell your friends... they know that if they
only carry "microtwist herringbone crap" they will not be serving their
customer base well,
3.) What colors are 4 to 10th century? I know pruple and blue were
pretty hard to get then.
Check out the Ravensgard costume link page
a terrific resource... it has several links to pages that deal with dye,
you might find the right stuff for your culture/time period.
Mabel de Wymburn