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.
Fold. A double or lap of cloth, of any description. All dress silks are put up in folds 1 1/4 yards long (1 aune.) French fabrics, such as sateens, lawns, organdies, etc., are usually put up in folds of 1 metre (1 yard and 1/10) The same description of fabrics made in the United States are folded in 1-yard lengths. Both French and American silks, however, are folded in aune lengths.