Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen.
A generic term for fine shirts and underwear, since linen was the material generally used to make them before cotton became popular. The material had the advantages of being cool and strong. There were different kinds. Lawn and cambric - the latter favored for handkerchiefs, were fine varieties used by the rich. The poor used coarser types of linen.
is a fine single thread evenweave.