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Embroidered silk crepe
MFA #: 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.

Crepe dress
MFA#: 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);

Resources and Citations

  • 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
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937