The name originally applied on the West African coast to nearly all classes of plain and coloured goods, when made up in short lengths of 6 yards, 8 yards and upwards. The term is now usually used only for narrow grey cloths about 27-in. wide, 27 yards long, 60 X 64, 18's / 24's, heavy sized, and shipped both loom state and finished. Baft (China), 56 X 70, 20/26. Used for shrouds and loin cloths. Plain weave, all cotton.

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.

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