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.
Silesia. Formerly a thin linen fabric, or sleasy kind of holland, so called because made in Silesia, a province of Germany. At present the term describes a fine-twilled cotton fabric, highly dressed and calendered, used for linings. It is piece-dyed in all conceivable solid colors, tints and shades, and sometimes printed, though generally the patterns are produced in the loom.