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.
Italian Cloth. A kind of jean, woven with a satin face, made of cotton and wool, cotton and mohair, and all cotton, used exclusively for lining and measuring one yard in width. In price these goods range from twenty-two and one-half to fifty-five cents. Italian cloth is extensively produced in this country, there being one mill in Maine devoted exclusively to the manufacture, but the American do not compare in point of finish to the imported goods. Cotton Italian cloth made in England has a high, soft, glossy finish with a feel of wool that would bother even an expert. In low-priced goods the domestic manufacturers control the market to the extent of the supply, but fine qualities are all obtained from Manchester, England.