The manufacture of serge was considerable early in the 19th century.
Serge is manufactured in Ashburton, and there are breweries, paint factories and saw-mills.
In 1798 the town mills were converted into a woollen manufactory, which up to recent times produced large quantities of cloth, and the serge manufacture was introduced early in the 19th century.
Serge Julievich, Count Witte >>
Their working clothes were in dark colors such as navy serge with striped aprons.