Definition of Cambric

Fibre: Cotton, also linen.

Weave: Plain.

Characteristics: Soft, closely woven, light. Either bleached or piece dyed. Highly mercerised, lint free. Calendered on the right side with a slight gloss. Lower qualities have a smooth bright finish. Similar to batiste but is stiffer and fewer slubs. Launders very well. Has good body, sews and finishes well. Originally made in Cambria, France of linen and used for Church embroidery and table linens.

Uses: Handkerchiefs, underwear, slips, nightgowns, children's dresses, aprons, shirts and blouses.

Derivation of Cambric: Cambrai, a city in north France.

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