Someone brought this old box of English Nainsook she was given.
You used to be able to buy some fabrics in a box of 10 yards.
The words English Nainsook is printed right on the fabric - as well as the yardage.
This fabric was often used for baby clothes and women's fine undies!
A definition found on line:
Nainsooks was a fine, soft-finished cotton fabric, usually white used for lingerie and infants' wear of South Asian origin.
The meaning of the work Nainsook - Late 18th century: from Hindi nainsukh, from nain "eye"+sukh "pleasure"
I love that meaning! Eye pleasure.
Click here for Information from an old Good Housekeeping dated 1893.
I wish I could go shopping back in the 1920's.
Just for a day!!
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