Cotton Lawn

The name refers to the city of Laon (lah-onh’), in northern France, where this type of cloth was first manufactured. Lawn is a lightweight cloth made with fine, smooth yarns that are woven in a high count, which means there is a high number of yarns or threads to a square inch. The result is a sheer, smooth fabric; it is usually given a crisp finish and may be dyed or printed. A fabric with an airy feel, lawn is a lovely choice for a summer dress or blouse. The wisteria cotton lawn print we chose may be machine washed and if promptly hung on a hanger and smoothed with the hand, needs little pressing.

 Fabric sample, France 19th century. From Textile Collection, Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY   

Fabric sample, France 19th century. From Textile Collection, Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY

 

 Detail from Anikka Becker  shirtwaist dress in wisteria cotton lawn
Posted on July 15, 2016 .