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A soft, thick, embossed fabric that has a puckered or quilted appearance. Matelassé is usually woven on a dobby or Jacquard loom and is used for blankets, bedcovers, drapery, and upholstery.

Synonyms and Related Terms

matelasse (Ned); metalasse (sp); quilted weave


  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
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