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.
Housewife's Cloth. A linen cloth of medium quality, between fine and coarse, for family uses. It is in very limited demand at present, having made way for cotton upon the latter's introduction at the close of the eighteenth century.