Butcher's linen

Butcher's linen (Butcher linen) was a strong heavy linen cloth. It was a strong and durable fabric used primarily for butchers' aprons.[1][2]


It was a plain weave fabric made with coarse linen yarns.[1] The fabric was rough, stiff and heavy. Linen was mostly used for Butcher's Linen due to its simple washability, but cotton was also used in some cases.[3][4]


Butcher's linen was initially used for aprons of waitresses and butchers[4] jackets,[5] and later used as a dress material and backing for starched shirt fronts.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Darby, William Dermot (1926). Linen, the Emblem of Elegance: A Survey of Linen Manufacture from the New Material to the Finished Product, Including a Brief History of Linen and a Dictionary of Linen Fabrics, Supplemented by Chapters on the Merchandising, Display, and Advertising of Linens in the Store. Dry Goods Economist. p. 55.
  2. ^ "Definition of BUTCHER LINEN". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  3. ^ Dyer, Elizabeth (1927). Textile Fabrics. Houghton Mifflin. p. 280.
  4. ^ a b Reich, Edward; Siegler, Carlton John (1947). Consumer Goods, how to Know and Use Them. American Book Company. p. 81.
  5. ^ Lewandowski, Elizabeth J. (2011). The Complete Costume Dictionary. Scarecrow Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-8108-4004-1.