1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
A textile material, the name of which indicates the use for which it was originally intended. The cloths are in general woven with the plain weave, and the fabric may be all white, striped or checked with red, blue or other coloured threads; the checked cloths are the most common. The real article should be all linen, but a large quantity is made with cotton warp and tow weft, and in some cases they are composed entirely of cotton. The short fibres of the cheaper kind are easily detached from the cloth, and hence they are not so satisfactory for the purpose for which they are intended.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Glass Cloth'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/g/glass-cloth.html. 1910.