For hundreds of years, the word "linen" has been bound up with that of "Ireland". An English traveller in Ireland writing in Tudor times said that "the native (or wild) Irish wore shirts of 30 or 40 ells of linen dyed with saffron". Given that an ell was a yard and a quarter, this was a shirt to leave Charvet in the shade.
In fact, at that time, 30 yards of fabric was regarded scant amount for...
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