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MFA Acc. #: 93.1124


A lightweight, soft fabric with a finely crinkled surface. Crepe is made of silk, rayon, cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers. The crinkled surface is made by either using twisted filling yarns, chemical treatment (sodium hydroxide), or a crepe weave. Crepe de Chine is a very lightweight silk crepe and Canton crepe is a heavier silk or rayon fabric. Crepe is used for dresses, blouses, undergarments, kimonos, and sleeping garments.

MFA Acc. #: 2003.326

Synonyms and Related Terms

crape; crepe de Chine; Canton crepe; crêpe (Fr.); crepé (Esp.); ; Crêpe-charmeuse, Crêpe-chiffon, Crêpe de chine, Crêpe-georgette, Crêpe-lavable (een wasbare crêpe in zijde of rayon), Crêpe-marocain, Crêpe-mousseline, Crêpe-romaine, Crêpe-satin (Ned);

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "Crepe." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 30 July 2004 .
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937