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.
Labels. Woven labels are small strips of silk with a merchants' name and address woven into it, sewed to the inside of collars of cloaks, sacques, jerseys, clothing, etc., for the purpose of advertising the business of the seller. At present all large retailers affix their own labels to all sleeved outer garments, it being a cheap but effective method of advertising, as the label lasts until the garment is worn out.