Definition of Barathea

Fiber: Worsted, silk, rayon or silk or rayon warp combined with cotton or wool.

Weave: An indistinct twill, plain or novelty. Usually a twilled hopsack weave.

Characteristics: Fine textured, slightly pebbled surface. Appears to be cut off-grain. Very hard wearing. English in origin and originally made as a mourning cloth. It is still often dyed black.

Uses: Women's suits and coats, men's evening wear, dress goods in light fibers. Also used in silk for cravat cloth and after five wear.

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