China silk

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A plain weave silk made from unweighted raw silk fibers. China silk has an uneven texture that is often imitated using rayon or silk/rayon combinations. It is used in dresses, blouses, linings, slips, curtains, lamp shades, handkerchiefs and caps. China silk is also coated for use in umbrellas and raincoats.

Synonyms and Related Terms

seda china (Esp.); zijde uit China (Ned); Chinese silk; habutai; petkin;

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 722
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
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