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A shiny woolen fabric that resembles Alpaca. Brilliantine originated in France. It is usually made from blends of Cotton/Mohair or cotton/Worsted where the cotton is used as the warp. Brilliantine has a smooth finish that does not wrinkle. Woven in either a twill or plain pattern, the cloth was popular dress, summer suit and coat fabric in the 19th century.

Resources and Citations

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937

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