A material derived from the cell walls of certain plants. Cellulose is used in the production of many vegetable fibers, as well as being the major raw material component used in the production of the manufactured fibers of acetate, rayon, and triacetate.


A lightweight, soft plain weave fabric with a slightly brushed surface. The fabric is often printed, usually in a floral pattern. Challis is most often seen in fabrics made of cotton, wool, or rayon.


A plain woven fabric that can be made from cotton, silk, or manufactured fibers, but is most commonly cotton. It incorporates a colored warp (often blue) and white filling yarns.

Chantilly Lace

Bobbin lace with fine six-sided mesh grounds with pattern outlined in a heavy thread.


A soft lightweight woven satin fabric with good drape. It is made with high twist yarns, has a semi-lustrous face and a dull back. Often used for blouses, intimate apparel.


It is a soft, silky fibre with high lustre and a warp face. It originated as a silk fibre but is now made of manufactured fibres.


A small pattern of squares or I rectangles. It may be printed, yarn dyed, cross-dyed or woven I the fabric (as a dobby or jacquard)


Plain woven, soft, fragile, low-count cotton fabric similar to tobacco cloth and also known as gauze.


A specialty yarn, characterized by a pile protruding on all sides, resembling a caterpillar. The yarn is produced by first weaving a fabric with a cotton or linen warp and a silk, wool, rayon, or cotton filling. The warp yarns are taped in groups of tightly woven filling yarns, which have been beaten in very closely. After weaving, the fabric…


A rough-surfaced fabric of wool with a heavy nap. A loosely woven tweed fabric with a shaggy texture. Cheviot was originally made from the wool of the Cheviot sheep in the hills at the bordering England and Scotland. Wool originally and mostly made from wool from the Cheviot sheep but today also made of blends, spun synthetics crossbred and reused…

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