Sometimes at Livingstone Textiles we get some really interesting and unusual fabrics in stock, and when we do we like to tell you all a little bit about the fabric.
Osnaburg fabric is a traditional fabric that is similar to that of calico. Calico is a plain woven cotton fabric that is unbleached and often not fully processed. It may contain unseparated husk parts. Due to its unfinished appearance it is generally inexpensive.
Osnaburg gets its name from the city of Osnabuck, it was made from flax yarns and then later cotton. Around the 1700 it began to be produced and woven in Scotland, it was them exported into England and on the the British colonies in America.
Prior to the abolition of slavery osnaburg was mostly used for slave and working class garments. It was also used for linings and interlinings.
Today it can be used of a number of different things and is quite popular with quilters, however mostly it is used for historical costumes.
If you would like a sample of our osnaburg fabric please contact us and we will be happy to help.