Silesia (cloth)

Silesia (Sleazy, Slesia) was a thin twilled woven cloth made of linen[1] or cotton.[2] The term denoted a wide range of fabric grades from greige goods to dyed and finished cloth. Silesia was used for various linens, for lining clothes, and in window blinds.[1] Cotton Silesia was calendered to obtain a gloss finish.[2]


The fabric was originally manufactured in Silesia, a province of Prussia.[3]


  1. ^ a b Montgomery, Florence M. (1984). Textiles in America 1650-1870 : a dictionary based on original documents, prints and paintings, commercial records, American merchants' papers, shopkeepers' advertisements, and pattern books with original swatches of cloth. Internet Archive. New York ; London : Norton. p. 348. ISBN 978-0-393-01703-8.
  2. ^ a b Fairchild's dictionary of textiles. Internet Archive. New York, Fairchild Publications. 1959. p. 506.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Denny, Grace Goldena (1962). Fabrics. Lippincott. p. 88.