Beautiful "Fleur Bleue" Metis Damask linen in a pattern of roses, bows and wreaths.
Metis is usually a mix of 35% cotton and 65% linen. Also referred to as Damask or coutil.
This lovely ticking dates from the 1940's from a factory in France long closed.
This is new old stock in a powder blue or pink. Available in two widths, 57 and 70 inches. Sold by the half or full yard.
Ticking was traditionally used for mattresses, pillows and home furnishings, but is superb for upholstery and costume.
Here is a translation of the original washing instructions:
"Before washing for the first time, soak for at least 12 hours in lukewarm soapy water. This is to soften the still stiff linen fibers and insure a long life."