Material

Wool is the most common material found in New Haven – there are many hill farmers who make a living breeding sheep and selling the fleeces. Much of it is carded, spun and woven locally to make different grades and thicknesses of woollen material. It is used to make most outer clothes that people wear – Britches, trews, skirts, jackets, coats, cloaks ….

Knitting is a fairly common skill - but it is generally used for socks, hats, scarves and gloves rather than anything else. Knitted cardigans (etc) are very rare indeed.

The most common colours are Yellowy/Brown, Blue and Grey, with green fairly close behind. Oak Bark, Woad and Oak Galls produce the basic colours - while green comes from double dying with Oak Bark and Woad. Pale colours predominate because the ‘more affordable’ material is only dipped in the dye a few times. Stronger colours require more dipping, and are subsequently more expensive.

Linen is more expensive, because it is imported and is generally cream or ivory in colour. White is more expensive because the material needs bleaching. It is the most common material for underclothes such as shirts, shifts and under-breeches.

Leather is reasonably cheap – and is mainly used for shoes and belts – although you can get leather jackets and leather patches to strengthen your woollen clothes. Tan leather is cheaper than other colours.

Furs are less common – although Rabbit and Fox can be found trimming the ‘best’ clothes of the wealthier working people – or as a hat for country folk. Mink, Bear, Wolf or Thylacine are exported and used on more expensive costumes.

Silks, Velvets and other materials are generally only found on Courtiers and Noble clothing.

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