1. As the base cloth for printing it is the grey cloth. In printing, a same print method of applying colour will take and wear differently depending on whether it is on a coarse linen or cotton ground. Equally, if the dyes aren’t adjusted to the cloth, even a slightly off colour ground cloth will impart a different appearance and tone, and markedly affect the intended result.
2. The ground cloth may be printed once in a subtle design to support a more complex, larger and often brighter over printing.
3. In weaving, the ground cloth provides stability for all sorts of complex weavings; often a background weft binds the cloth, providing support, while one or more extra wefts create the surface design. As in jamdani – lisere and brocade among others.