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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada
COSTUME AT LOUISBOURG: 1713 - 1758
MONIQUE LA GRENADE
(Fortress of Louisbourg Report H-F16AE)
Translated By Christopher Moore
EXPLANATORY NOTE ON TABLES OF FABRICS
We have made tables showing the fabrics with which different garments were made. This method has already been used in the study of female costume. It has been retained unchanged, except for two new elements: first, colours have been noted and listed beside the materials; second, techniques of production have also been shown for materials best suited for reproduction.
The works of E.Z. Massicotte and R. Weigert (see bibliography) have been the major guides. For the rest, the same classifications have been used: textiles, cotton, wool and silk, and listed under "others", fabrics made of other fibers, mixed weaves and unidentified fabrics. However, when it is not necessary to the reproduction of costumes and does not affect our conclusions the number of "unspecified" fabrics has not been compiled.
The same chronological divisions have been used, that is, the periods 1713 - 1745 and 174$,- 1758. So it is possible, when the documents permit, to compare the period before and after the English occupation of Louisbourg, 1745 - 1748.