IL020 Handkerchief Anthracite Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Light (3.7 oz/yd2) - 20.00 Yards, Width 58"

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French painter Pierre Soulages made a career out of painting with shades of black like ANTHRACITE, sweeping it in broad, confident gestures across paper and canvas. His stark, minimal designs nod towards the simple confidence of cave paintings and Japanese calligraphy, with loose marks crisscrossing over one another to create the sensations of depth, space and movement.
New York art dealer Domonique Levy observes the high contrast this black creates, noting, “He’s followed one journey all his life, which has led him more and more towards the light. Despite the fact that they are black, the paintings are all about capturing the light.”

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 58 inch wide 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article IL020 Handkerchief
Content 100% Linen
Width 58 inch
Weight 3.7 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 33.3
Thread size weft 33.3
Thread count warp 57
Thread count weft 44

Customer Questions and Answers


How do you compare the color of this fabric to that of IL020 Handkerchief Black Softened Light? I am looking for linen that is jet black.

mire • July 2, 2023
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This color is what you would consider an off black so it would look faded next to a jet black. The black in the IL020 would be the one to use it is not considered a lighter or off black but a true black.

Maureen • July 2, 2023

Is this fabric see through?

Kathy • May 22, 2023
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The darker colors of the IL020, like this color, Anthracite, is not see through :)

Lauren • May 22, 2023

Is this linen appropriate for an elastic waist loose fit pant? I worry that it will be too thin and see-through.

Susan • January 10, 2024
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This fabric is opaque and flowy fabric ideal or lightweight pants that are loose fitting. If you're looking for a slightly thicker fabric, please try our IL019.

Lauren • January 10, 2024
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Amazing Lightest Weight Linen

This is so incredibly soft and fine, handkerchief weight linen in anthracite black. It drapes perfectly. I am making a handfasting sash. This is such lovely highest quality fabric. The company gave me a very generous cut, more than shrinkage allowed. It was shipped quickly and securely. I am thrilled.

Jane • October 21, 2022
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A fabulous fabric!

I bought this hoping to reproduce a beloved and patched-to-the-hilt pair of baggy linen pants. I washed and dried it and was amazed at how soft and wrinkle-proof the fabric became. It sewed up like a dream. On the body, it feels as light as nothing and drapes with a softness that doesn't add bulkiness, as a crisper linen would. I bought more in black and some in the natural color as well. I recommend it to anyone wanting clothing for hot, humid weather.

Karen • June 5, 2022
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