Definition of Coutil

Coutil (or Coutille) is a tightly woven twill cloth with a herringbone pattern. It looks sleek with a smooth finish. It has been created specifically for making corsets. It is woven tightly to inhibit penetration of bones/stays and resist to stretching. Coutil can be made in plain, satin or brocade and generally coloured black, white or flesh. Coutil can be soft, stiff or medium and this characteristic is determined by the starch finishing. This dense, strong material is also used in the manufacture of medical corsets, i.e. Lumbo-Sacral and Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Orthoses.

Derivation of Coutil: French "Drill"

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