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Women's dress
MFA# 2002.696.1


Bow from dress
MFA# 2002.696.4

A soft, lightweight, plain weave, taffeta-like textile. Faille has a flat cross-grain rib made by using slightly heavier yarn in the filling than in the warp. The fine, lustrous fabric is made from one or more of the following fibers: Silk, Rayon, Cotton, Wool, or synthetic fibers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

faya (Esp.)

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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
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
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