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The painting is executed on a plainweave canvas that was first nailed to a wood stretcher. reference The canvas was prepared by applying two separate layers of a gray-colored ground to the cloth.
Muslin is a medium-weight balanced plainweave (no design is woven into the cloth), as is calico, gingham and chambray; lawn is a lightweight loosely woven plainweave; voile, organza and organdy are sheer or transparent plainweave fabrics.
I dressed in saffron linen and filled my market basket with things I had taken with me from Aghazal’s house: cloth, embroidered and plainweave, lamps, oil, spices, scents, and beadcoins.