A plain-weave cotton or linen cloth. Art linen is a fine strong fabric made from round, uniform threads that have not been pressed or calendered. It is used as a needlework base for embroidery of napkins and dresses. Art linen was also used for artist's canvases.
Linen turns brown with alkalis.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
- Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
- Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937