One question - the article says that this fabric was worn in dresses made for a widow, which I can understand. But most of the fabric was made in black and dresses made out of this fabric were worn to winter weddings. It seems a strange color to wear to a wedding. Was black the accepted color for women to wear to weddings?
This must have been a comfortable cloth to wear. It was combed to a nice light weight, it felt very soft, and it probably fit the curves of a woman very nicely.