Probably from Dutch hemel heaven, canopy, tester (akin to German himmel, and perhaps also to English heaven) + English cloth; or perhaps a corruption of hamper cloth.
"hammercloth." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 11 November 2018. <https://www.yourdictionary.com/hammercloth>.
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