The chiefs swagger about in gold lace and broadcloth
, while the great mass of the common people are nearly as primitive in their appearance as in the days of Cook.
The clergyman in his dark dress of broadcloth
, with his mild, benevolent countenance occasionally turned toward his companions, expressing that look of subdued care which was its characteristic, presented the first object in this singular group.
He was stylishly dressed in a blue broadcloth
coat, with gold lace at the seams and button-holes, an embroidered scarlet waistcoat, a triangular hat, with a loop and broad binding of gold, and wore a silver-hilted hanger at his side.
Three centuries of luxury textile consumption in the Low Countries and England, 1330-1570: trends and comparisons of real values of woollen broadcloths (then and now).
According to the evidence from Tartu, silk thread was usually reserved for reddish broadcloth, which was the best quality woollen fabric unearthed during the archaeological excavations.
Marbled, patterned and parti-coloured clothing in medieval Scandinavia.--The Medieval Broadcloth: Changing Trends in Fashions, Manufacturing and Consumption.
In addition to these "broadcloths" the city also made a host of lesser textiles such as caps, lesser cloths and stockings.
Both madder and woad acted as "background" colours, and once the broadcloths left Coventry (mostly for export to the Continent) further dyes were often applied to them.
The panni larghi di Garbo or panni sopramani (Garbo broadcloths
) continued to be produced for the international market, the real driving force of the city.
He also took "wool at a reasonable price [taken] in payment." A dry goods operator offered schoolbooks, groceries, hardware, broadcloths
of various colours, and Kentucky jeans "cheaper than ever for cash, or in exchange for all kinds of country produce." (97) This preference for cash, however, by no means signaled a mad dash for profits, and it would take many more years before cash achieved hegemony over "country produce" and assorted other goods in exchange.
Trowbridge observed that "There were not many of the old chiefs at the council," and Schoolcraft described "a brilliant assembly of chiefs dressed in costly broadcloths
, feathers, epaulets, and silver wares of British fabric, and armed from the manufactories of Birmingham."
Demand on the continent for heavy English broadcloths
collapsed, and from the 1560s traditional markets in the Netherlands and France were disrupted by war.