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Hank of wool

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Hank of wool

Description

Hank of wool from Buchanan, Kentucky. Sheep were among the early domesticated animals brought to Kentucky. Home production of wool increased during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 due to trade embargos. Free and enslaved women prepared and spun the wool into a usable yarn. They used the yarn for knitting, or it was taken to a professional weaver (free or enslaved person) who turned it into cloth. Wool was often woven with cotton or hemp in early Kentucky textiles. Approximately 4/12 lbs. of spun wool were needed to make a single blanket. Wool cloth was also sewn into clothing by women.

Source

Museum Collection, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky

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“Hank of wool,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed June 21, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5850.