Asbestos

July 7, 2009

fireThis is not a term I thought I would ever find in a needlework book; however, it is defined in the EoVN. Simply put, asbestos is defined as “a mineral substance of fibrous texture, of which there are several varieties; all alike resisting the action of fire.” While found in several British and European countries the best fiber was found in Italy. Called asbestos cloth, it was “sold in continuous rolls…or else in sheets. ” The cloth was used to make “suits of clothing” to be used by furnace and firemen. Asbestos fabric is still used today to make fire fighting apparel.

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