Why is it called a monk’s cloth? Both the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Webster’s New World College Dictionary “originally made of worsted fabrics and used in monk habits, but are now mainly made of cotton or linen, with a coarse, heavy basket weave. It shows that it is. You can also discuss how long it has been used. One reference that described the first reported use of Monk cloth was about 1847, but did not mention its use. Rosalie’s medieval women’s website reports that it was used in the 15th century and was a worsted material. (This is a great website listing information on historical fabric names and garment terms.) Linen trade by Alexander Johnston Warden, ancient and modern, in 1651, at the New Mills factory by General Monk He states that he was attacked by his army. A homemade linen shop was taken.