This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Feather Cloth. A mixture of cloth and feathers woven together, the cloth being undyed and produced in drabs and grays; the material usually measures one yard and a half in width. It has a very unfinished appearance, as the feather-ends protrude from the face here and there throughout, yet are woven into the web sufficiently well to preclude their falling out. The cloth is naturally a warm one, comparatively light, and water -proof without being rendered so by artificial means. "Feather Cloth" is also the the term applied to a variety of extremely light weight silk-andwool material, woven with a basket pattern; so called it is presumed on account of its feathery lightness.