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.
Gown. [From Welsh gwn, signifying that which is stitched] In a general sense the long habit of a man dedicated to acts of peace, as divinity, medicine, law. Any long upper garment; a woman's long night-garment in particular.