Definition of Matelasse

French for "cushioned or padded". Fiber: Figured made on jacquard or dobby loom, in double cloth weave.

Characteristics: The pattern stands out and gives a "pouch" or "quilted" effect to the goods. CrÍpe yarn in double weave shrinks during finishing causing a blistering effect. in upholstery, coarse yarns cause blistering. Comes in colors, novelty effects, and some with metallic yarns. Gives good wear and drapes well. If washable, it must be laundered with care. It is very attractive and suits quite plain styles.

Uses: Some cotton matelasse used for bedspreads, dresses, suits, ensembles.

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