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Wednesday, 25 February 2009


In the 19th century, drugget was a sort of cheap stuff, very thin and narrow, usually made of wool, or half wool and half linen (or even, occasionally, half silk); it may have been corded or plain in texture, and was usually plain in pattern. It was often used as a rug over a finer carpet or as a cheap form of floor covering. It is also defined in the dictionary as being used as a dress material but I have never read of it being so used in a novel or diary of that era.
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  1. Mentioned as a dress material in L.M. Montgomery's Mistress Pat: "Even Judy, who, as a rule, didn't care what any man thought of her clothes, was thanking her stars that she had on her new drugget dress and a white apron." (Mistress Pat, The First Year, part 3)

  2. Thank you Arresi - it's always great to have new examples of where these words are used.