Colonials living away from seaport cities…

…used more simple, natural, and plain fabrics and designs than people on the east coast.  Even with the vast trade systems from around the world, these remote settlers couldn’t get a lot of the heavily ornamented or fancy things from across the ocean into the backwoods.  The simpler clothing which focused on “function first” suited their lifestyles.

“Broadcloth” became the “every day” fabric across new America.  It was a simple very tight weave with a smooth and flat surface that was durable and easy to sew.  It could be made of different materials that could be found in the Colonies such as flax or wool.  It was strong enough to be used over and over in remaking garments.

(Photo:  today Broadcloth is used to make things like tailored shirts)