Antique French Hemp sheet with gorgeous weight and drape. It has been used and loved and washed many times which makes it lovely and soft.
The regular washing has bleached the fabric and so it is mainly chalky white in colour.
This is early 20th century.
Made on a narrow loom probably directly on the farm the hemp was grown and processed. Hemp is different to linen in that the weave looks almost string like with speckles of the original fibre visible as well as slightly ticker thread. It was a considered a hardwearing textile.
The simple red hand embroidered initials of A+D are a sign that this would have been part of the trousseau of a women of modest means from a farmers family for example.
There is a simple hand stitched hem on both ends of the sheet.
Because of the minimal embellishment this would make a lovely farmhouse style table cloth. It can also be used for curtains or blinds, as a throw as well.
It measures 200x260cm