A glossy jacquard fabric, usually made from linen, cotton, rayon, silk, or blends. The patterns are flat and reversible. The fabric is often used in napkins, tablecloths, draperies, and upholstery.


The effect of the fabric obtained from the combination of the colors of the warp and weft threads is thus defined, which create alternating panels, contrasting with each other, thanks to the different shades. Its origin is French.

Dart (cut in)

An open dart cut in approximately 12″ under the armhole.

Dart (front or double)

An additional closed dart located toward the front edge of the garment used to get maximum waist suppression.

Dart (panel)

A panel sewn full length to the front that is used for waist suppression.


Dazzle is a type of polyester fabric that is widely used in making clothes like basketball uniforms, football (both gridiron or association) uniforms, rugby ball uniforms, and casual clothing because it absorbs moisture quickly. It is a lightweight fabric that allows air to circulate easily around the body. Dazzle fabric is distinguished by the pattern of tiny holes in the…


A system of measuring the weight of a continuous filament fiber. In the United States, this measurement is used to number all manufactured fibers (both filament and staple), and silk, but excluding glass fiber. The lower the number, the finer the fiber; the higher the number, the heavier the fiber. Numerically, a denier is the equivalent to the weight in…

Denier Per Filament

The size of an individual filament, or an individual staple fiber if it were continuous, The dpf is determined by dividing the yarn denier per filament by the number of filaments in the yarn.


A rugged cotton or cotton blend fabric in a right- or left-hand twill weave. It was traditionally made with warp yarn dyed indigo blue with the weft left undyed. Indigo dye faded badly, which became one of denim charms. Available in many colors now, but indigo blue (usually synthetic dye at present) is far and away the most popular. Another…


Also called burnout) is a fabric technique particularly used on velvets, where a mixed-fibre material undergoes a chemical process to dissolve the cellulose fibers to create a semi-transparent pattern against more solidly woven fabric. The same technique can also be applied to textiles other than velvet, such as lace or the fabrics in burnout t-shirts. Devoré comes from the French…

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