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Cloth shearer
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1. Fulling and carding

The job of the cloth shearer was essentially to shear woolcloth, usually after first carding it. After being woven, cloths were first fulled (Fulling mill), to achieve the requisite thickening and strengthening. While coarse fabrics (e.g. loden) were neither dyed nor sheared, it was necessary for a cloth shearer or cloth worker to process medium-grade and fine fabrics after they had been fulled. Cloth shearers established themselves as a crafts and trades indep…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Cloth shearer”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029112>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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