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.
Osnaburg. A term used in the United States to describe a coarse, plain-woven cotton fabric, manufactured principally in the South; in color both plain, unbleached, and in fancy stripes and plaids, used largely by the negroes for dresses and shirts. The word is derived from Osnaburg, the name of a district in England in the county of Hanover, where the first heavy cotton cloth was woven.