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What is "Habutai" - Definition & Explanation

1. Term means 'soft and light' - and was originally used for Japanese waste silk. Fabric is now made in many Far Eastern countries on power looms in plain or twill weave; is heavier than traditional Chinese silk, and is usually in natural ècru colour. Used for men's jackets, women's shirtwaisters and skirts. 2. There is a cheap Silk habutai, which is excellent as a soft, lightweight lining fabric for evening dresses, wedding-dresses, etc., especially for those who find synthetic lining uncomfortable to wear. Not to be confused with the thicker fabric.

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