This is a fabric for a folk costume waistcoat from the region of Asker, near the Norwegian capital of Oslo. It is very simple, no embroideries, no complicated binding patterns. It is warm and sturdy, 12 picks of double single wool per cm. Brown cotton warp 24/2, red weft, twill on four shafts (3/1), red face, brownish reverse. After weaving it is sent to the museum factory at Sjølingstad for steam finishing.
The weft is not just plain red, but consists of two single ply yarns 12 with different shades of red spooled together, which makes the fabric very pretty and endows it with a kind of glow.
I really like to weave clothing yardage and to make a fabric from scratch, just like in the old days. I start with two cardboard boxes, one with warp yarn, the other with weft yarn. And I love to carry a roll of yardage out of my workshop, pack it diligently, put it in the back of our car and drive to the post office. This time the roll weighed 16 kg, the heaviest parcel I have ever sent.