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bobbin lace: (aka: pillow lace, bone lace) A lace textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins to manage them. As the work progresses, the weaving is held in place with pins set in a lace pillow, the placement of the pins usually determined by a pattern or pricking pinned on the pillow. Also see lace.
calais lace: a Leavers lace made in Northern of France, centered around Calais, and often called by its protected trademark Dentelle de Calais. Also see leavers lace.
chantilly lace: a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France, in a tradition dating from the 17th century, though the most famous are silk laces introduced in the 18th century, with modern examples mostly made in Bayeux (FR) and Geraardsbergen (BE). Also see bobbin lace.
crushed velvet: a velvet which has its nap pointing in different directions in irregular patches. Also see velvet.
eyelash lace: a lace fabric with a trim/edge finished in such a way it resembles eyelashes. Also see lace.
fishnet: a fabric with an open mesh. Also see mesh.
jersey: a finely knitted fabric, usually machine made and slightly stretchy.
lace: a delicate fabric made by knotting or twisting thread into an open intricate pattern.
latex: a material which in clothing-terms generally refers to a pigmented natural rubber which has been manufactured into semi-lustrous sheeting, which may be polished to a high shine.
leather: a material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process.
leavers lace: a lace woven on a Leavers loom, a modified bobbin net machine invented in 1813 by John Levers of Nottingham, England. Also see lace.
mesh: a netted fabric, generally made by knotting/twisting thread into a repeating pattern of openings.
nylon: a synthetic material, made from polyamide, created as a liquid, mechanically spun and dried into individual fibers.
polyester: (aka: poly) a synthetic material, made from polyethylene naphthalate, spun into thread from a chemical solution.
power lace: a high-tension stretch fabric with lace or lace-like patterning Also see power mesh.
power mesh: a high-tension stretch fabric.
pvc: (aka: vinyl) A shiny plastic-coated fabric. Usually consists of a backing woven from polyester fibers.
satin elastic: Also see satin.
silk charmeuse: Also see silk.
silk georgette: Also see silk.
silk satin: Also see silk.
stretch lace: A stretch fabric with lace or lace-like patterning. Also see lace.
stretch satin: Also see satin.
tulle: a thin netted cloth, usually made from synthetic fiber or, less commonly, silk.
velvet: a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel.
trouser: (aka pants)
suspender belt: (aka garter belt)