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The cloth name 'lawn' derived fron Old French Laon, the city of Laon. The phrase 'a plit (of /de) lawn' signified a piece of lawn or fine linen. Linen has a long history, but its appearance in the archaeological record varies greatly, depending on the conditions in which it was deposited, and the relatively few remains in areas where sometimes considerable quantities of wool fragments have been found is sometimes disappointing, as in the excavations from London. It is not always possible to know which of those surviving might have been described as lawn. The earliest re…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Lawn”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_417>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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