Vintage Feedsack Novelty Print Red White Jungle Print Zebra Tigers Birds Palm Trees

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Vintage, feedsack, cotton cloth with a jungle, novelty print pattern.

There is some mild yellowing. See photos. Also please note the fraying on the nonsalvage edges. There are no holes.

Measures 36" X 40"

The printed feedsacks we see today came about as a marketing strategy for thrifty housewives. Plain and brand printed sacks had long been re-used in the farmhouse as aprons, undergarments, towels, cloths, laundry bags, diapers and nightgowns so adding an appealing print and or colors found the homemaker also adding everyday, wearable clothing and quiltmaking to the list. By 1914, sacks were available in 10, 6, 4, 3 and 2 lb sizes as well as the larger 25, 50 and 100 lb sacks.

Typically, the heavier the weight, the thicker the denier(yarn). Also the finer the product, the tighter the weave of the fabric. Fine flours, sugars, salts etc were offered in percale cotton bags of smaller sizes, usually 1-15 lbs. Percales are densely woven and have a smooth, shiny finish.

Magazines and pattern companies took advantage of the feedsack craze and offered patterns and suggestions for using the 'free' materials. Knitting and crochet guides were even making use of the string! Much of the US population in the 40's were wearing feedsack fashions.

These fabrics are only printed on one side and often have a loose weave. Prints were often erratic and the 'grain' of the fabric is not always straight. Most have stitching holes at the side and bottom or the stitching is still in place. You can expect to see faded areas, holes, tears and stains to some extent on many pieces because the sacks were USED. Larger companies often had their own stitching machines and filled grain bags to order according to the choice of the housewife. Purina even trademarked some of their prints with the distinctive Purina Chow and famous checker patterns. Thanks to my friend at ellielousthrft for the above information. She has several pieces of feedsacking. Be sure to check her site also.

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