Monkscloth fabric is a rough, heavyweight fabric. It is woven using a basket weave, and was originally made from Worsted yarns, and then later from cotton. It was formally used for hard-wearing garments, especially outerwear. Nowadays, it is more commonly used for furnishings and other interior fabrics. It can also be used as a base for some embroidery. Monkscloth is easily dyed and can be purchased in various colours. The term ‘Monkscloth’ refers to the fact that the earliest Benedictine monks who wore habits made from un-dyed monkscloth.

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