ABSTRACT

… The cloth is now ready for making up. It is first measured, and then lapped in various styles, to suit the different markets of the world. Linen for the home trade is generally folded in thick pieces, containing 25 to 30 yards each, and ornamented plainly with fancy ribbons and devices. Linen for export is much more profusely ornamented; tickets, with devices in gold and bronze upon a blue or red ground, are pasted on, presenting a very gay appearance, and mottoes denoting the locality from which the style was derived are impressed upon the cloth or the tickets. These decorations add to the attractiveness of the goods, but not to their real worth. The writer of the article on “Bleaching,” in the ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica,’ shakes his head over these “devices;” 1 but Mr. William Charley defends them, on the ground that their signification is well understood. 2 When the goods have been folded and ticketed, they are placed in a hydraulic press, with a sheet of pasteboard between the pieces. After being pressed, they are packed in wooden boxes, generally made by carpenters upon the premises. The boxes are securely nailed down and corded, and the nature of the contents is indicated by somewhat mysterious looking characters painted on the outside. The cloth is now ready for carriage to its destination, by land or water, or both, as the case may be.