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Probably named from Kersey, a town in Suffolk, this cloth is first mentioned in 1262. Most references refer to legislation governing wool cloth (see cloth: dimensions and weights); no garments made of this material are mentioned before 1450, and there seem to be no literary references. A modern definition, however, says it is now used of a compact, lustrous woollen fabric, diagonally ribbed or twilled, which has been heavily fulled and finished with a short nap. Possibly it has changed its meaning, but the early references are so neutral that all that is really known is that it was a woollen c…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Kersey”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_410>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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