I promised to give you a source or sources for historically accurate linen (and materials) should you wish to make your own Pilgrim costume or accessories. Go to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (aka "The Mayflower Society") website: https://www.themayflowersociety.org and at the top in the pink bar, hover your mouse over "News & Events." Select "Dress Like a Pilgrim." That section has pictures, text, a video, and at the bottom the downloadable "Dress Like a Pilgrim Procurement Guide" PDF. It has several names and addresses for garb providers and places where you can obtain the raw materials. After checking out cloth sources, I bought the linen fabric and handsewing thread to make a smock from Wm. Booth, Draper in Racine, WI (on page 7 of the Pilgrim Procurement Guide.) Their web site offers information on the weight of fabric, which you need to know to determine if if it will be sturdy enough, opaque enough, and historically accurate. The patterns from Reconstructing History tell you which weight is appropriate for each type of garment. The picture below is of 3.7 oz White Handkerchief Linen. That's my hand behind it, to help you estimate the opacity.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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