Definition of Eponge

Fibre: Wool, also rayon and silk.

Weave: any weave - usually a novelty - plain warp, novelty filling or reverse.

Characteristics: Derived from the French term eponge for "spongy". Very soft and sponge-like in a variety of novelty effects with loose weave of about 20 x 20. Also known as ratine in cotton. Rayon and silk is soft, loose, and spongy, something like terry cloth. Does not have surface loops. Many stores now call eponge "boucle".

Uses: Suits, dresses, coats, sportswear, and summer suits.

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