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  • Tom Craig
    Hi Kelsey,    Is there any way that you could get some samples to share with the folks here at home.  I don t speak for anyone else, but I would be leary
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 8, 2008
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      Hi Kelsey,
         Is there any way that you could get some samples to share with the folks here at home.  I don't speak for anyone else, but I would be leary about buying large amounts of fabric, sight unseen, just because it is inexpensive.
      Thanks,
      Tom Craig

      --- On Thu, 8/7/08, Kelsey <historyinfocus@...> wrote:
      From: Kelsey <historyinfocus@...>
      Subject: [NewEnglandCampaigners] Potential Cheap Fabric Opportunity
      To: NewEnglandCampaigners@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008, 10:15 AM

      I'm living in Korea for a year right now, teaching, and two weeks ago a visiting reenactor
      friend and I went to Seoul, and went to the massive, massive fabric market there (it is
      several square blocks). While there, we found several merchants selling 100% linen and
      100% wools (at least, that's what the bolts said, and it felt/looked correct) for
      phenomenally cheap prices. Colored linens were mostly around $4/yd (give or take a
      dollar or so), and less for unbleached. Wools were a bit more expensive, but still very
      cheap for proper, fulled wool - about $10/yd for cloak-weight.

      I did not have a lighter with me to do a burn test, but I will be going back next weekend,
      and will be doing one then. If all goes well, I will be purchasing some fabric for both
      myself and some friends. I would love to help out my fellow reenactors, and if the fabric I
      send back to the states gets good reviews, I will start to put together an order list for a
      later trip. Many of the bolts are rather narrow, but as many of you know, many fabrics in
      period were made in narrower widths as well, hence much of the piecing, etc, that one
      sees in original garments.

      For those curious, some photos can be found here:
      http://flickr. com/photos/ antipeople/ tags/fabricmarke t/

      The linens, and linen merchant, can be seen here:
      http://flickr. com/photos/ antipeople/ 2715076703/ and
      http://flickr. com/photos/ antipeople/ 2715904764/

      If all goes well with the burn tests, I will not really be seeking to make much more than
      enough to cover my travel costs. I just want to see more people out on the field with
      quality fabric, and making cheap fabric available will certainly help with that.

      I have cross-posted this to a few lists, and I apologize in advance to those of you who
      have to see this message multiple times.

      Your humble servant,

      Kelsey Freeman


    • Kelsey Freeman
      Yup. I m making a trip up next weekend to get some fabric for some friends, so I can put together a small swatch collection. Not sure who I d send it to
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 9, 2008
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        Yup.  I'm making a trip up next weekend to get some fabric for some friends, so I can put together a small swatch collection.  Not sure who I'd send it to though, that would be able to pass it around.

         - Kelsey


        On Aug 9, 2008, at 12:22 PM, Tom Craig wrote:

        Hi Kelsey,
           Is there any way that you could get some samples to share with the folks here at home.  I don't speak for anyone else, but I would be leary about buying large amounts of fabric, sight unseen, just because it is inexpensive.
        Thanks,
        Tom Craig

        --- On Thu, 8/7/08, Kelsey <historyinfocus@...> wrote:
        From: Kelsey <historyinfocus@...>
        Subject: [NewEnglandCampaigners] Potential Cheap Fabric Opportunity
        To: NewEnglandCampaigners@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008, 10:15 AM

        I'm living in Korea for a year right now, teaching, and two weeks ago a visiting reenactor 
        friend and I went to Seoul, and went to the massive, massive fabric market there (it is 
        several square blocks). While there, we found several merchants selling 100% linen and 
        100% wools (at least, that's what the bolts said, and it felt/looked correct) for 
        phenomenally cheap prices. Colored linens were mostly around $4/yd (give or take a 
        dollar or so), and less for unbleached. Wools were a bit more expensive, but still very 
        cheap for proper, fulled wool - about $10/yd for cloak-weight.

        I did not have a lighter with me to do a burn test, but I will be going back next weekend, 
        and will be doing one then. If all goes well, I will be purchasing some fabric for both 
        myself and some friends. I would love to help out my fellow reenactors, and if the fabric I 
        send back to the states gets good reviews, I will start to put together an order list for a 
        later trip. Many of the bolts are rather narrow, but as many of you know, many fabrics in 
        period were made in narrower widths as well, hence much of the piecing, etc, that one 
        sees in original garments.

        For those curious, some photos can be found here: 
        http://flickr. com/photos/ antipeople/ tags/fabricmarke t/

        The linens, and linen merchant, can be seen here: 
        http://flickr. com/photos/ antipeople/ 2715076703/ and 
        http://flickr. com/photos/ antipeople/ 2715904764/

        If all goes well with the burn tests, I will not really be seeking to make much more than 
        enough to cover my travel costs. I just want to see more people out on the field with 
        quality fabric, and making cheap fabric available will certainly help with that.

        I have cross-posted this to a few lists, and I apologize in advance to those of you who 
        have to see this message multiple times.

        Your humble servant,

        Kelsey Freeman




         - Kelsey

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