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"Bowing" cotton

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Published on Aug 28, 2015

Medieval cotton processing in preparation for spinning and weaving included a step where the ginned cotton was "bowed" which fluffed it up and changed it's texture from what comes off the gin. In order to fill medieval fabric armor for quilting, it is important to work with bowed cotton, which allows you to get an extremely even density in the garment.

The bow (Or "arco" in Italian) used for cotton bowing was a specialized tool, not a longbow (of course) but you do what you can with what you have. :)

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