Tent canvas width

Just doing some quick searching online for what width of fabric would be likely for tent canvas.  Here’s what I’ve got so far;

Google book result about the Greenland dress.  Medieval Clothing and Textiles 4,  edited by Robin Netherton, Gale R. Owen-Crocker p.168
Robin Netherton says that dress was made from fabric 40-41cm.

Silk Damask 68cm in width. Satin Damasks of Renaissance Europeby Krystal Morgan
Medieval textiles Issue 37 September 2003,

this needs further investigation: On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics

There is an extant pattern book out there that has a couple of tent pattern layouts – I need to find it again!  In the meantime, CuriousFrau has taken a look at typical fabric widths in Juan de Alcega’s Tailor’s Pattern book of 1589.  She says that typical fabric widths in this book are “2/3 bara, 1 1/3 bara, 1 1/2 bara, 1 2/3 bara, 1 3/4 bara and 2 bara ” and 1 bara is 33″.  this translates to

Canvas width – inches Canvas width – mm
2/3 bara 22 550
1 1/3 bara 44 1100
1 1/2 bara 49.5 1237.5
1 2/3 bara 55 1375
1 3/4 bara 57.75 1443.75
2 bara 66 1650


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