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It has suddenly become the fashion to ticket various classes of goods .with a distinctive English manufacture, and in many large houses the “ confusion ” of French which only last season was all the rage is now to a great extent; * laid aside. Serges which. were uni- , vefsally shown in''windows’as foul£ may | may now be seen as “ Bradford twill” or “ serge.” The whole range of homespun or rough wollen materials, which here all sorts of titles, from • ■ “beige” to “vigbgna,” may now be' * met with bearing with such titles as ' “Scotch homespun,”- “Leeds iyahU: ' ,M L facture,” “ Bradford serge,” etc. Tickets ; . with the single word “ cashpere”, | t written upon them now give place, ts Kll “ Bradford cashmere.” Many houses . > give prominence to cards upon which Lady Bective and committee inform' 3 the public that “ these ' goods are English,” or made of “bright British wool, and r^omnjen^ . This revolution is not confined to dress' goods, for we may occasionally see.

hosiery, ribbons, trimmings, and other things, .hearing the “English inark.” Hdwiong it will last,pr what the result will be, is difficult to foresee. Ag!lcsc&&"- in - favor of particular branches of manufacture connected with our trade are no novelty. A trade whieh is swayed entirely by the caprice of fashion—fickle fashion —must be uncertain., If fashion decrees that lace r ls to be worn, it follows as a matter of course that some other manufacture must suffer in proportion. It may be ribbons, or gimps, or even certain makes of lace. Cne class of goods roust be in the ascendency, and others tost sight of for the time, and those acquainted with the trade may call to mind numbers of materials which,' having once had their run of favor, are now never mentioned.

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“BRADFORD GOODS” AND THE “FASHION.”, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881

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“BRADFORD GOODS” AND THE “FASHION.” Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881

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