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A type of dye used on acrylic or on modified polyester or modified nylon yarn. Often used to achieve cross dyed effects: Cationic dyeable yarn is woven in a pattern with regular yarn in the same...
Chintz is a calendered finish given to chintz fabric, and is often called glazed chintz. The glazing gives the fabric a glossy smooth appearance and enhanced hand, drapability and durability produced...
Organdy or organdie is the sheerest cotton cloth made. Combed yarns contribute to its appearance. Its sheerness and crispness are the result of an acid finish on greige (unbleached) lawn goods....
French for warp-knitted fabric. Tricots are flat knitted with fine ribs on the face (lengthwise) and ribs on the back...
Historically, it was made from an ordinary grade of wool that often had shoddy re-used or remanufactured wool mixed in. A twill weave where the weave is concealed. Mackinaw is heavily fulled or...

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