The Cloth Trades

The tradesmen or artisans who made useful products from hemp and cloth products were a numerous and vital part of the early Albany production economy.

These were early Albany's weavers, tailors, and more specialized stitchers including britchesmakers, sailmakers, mantuamakers, and others. [ This is only a preliminary list. ]

Frans Pruyn was the first of at least three generations of Albany tailors.

During the first decades of the eighteenth century, the Fryers, who were weavers, were part of a small enclave of cloth workers living on the Southside of Albany. In 1756, eight individuals were identified as tailors, eight as weavers, and two as britchesmakers on a census of city householders taken by the British army.

A generation later, riverside resident Abraham Eights was Albany's premier sailmaker.

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