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Introduction
     OK, here's where any attempt at completeness goes completely out the window.  Rather than trying to come up with any descriptions, we'll simply present several samples of pictures of fabrics, taken from era catalogs.  Pay particular attention to the season - you certainly wouldn't want to be seen in a summer frock in winter colors.  Horrors! 

      Scanning through these pictures, you'll encounter a somewhat bewildering smattering of fabric terminology.  Is a "batiste" some kind of animal?  To help you find an era-look fabric I offer the following definitions that describe both the texture as well as composition of era fabrics.


Fabric Terminology
   
     Batiste is the softest of the lightweight opaque fabrics. It is made of cotton, wool, polyester, or a blend. Lightweight opaque fabrics are very thin and light but not as transparent as sheer fabrics.

    
Broadcloth is a densely woven cloth. Modern broadcloth can be composed of cotton, silk, or polyester, but traditionally broadcloth was made solely of wool.
   
    
Chambray is a closely woven plain weave fabric mostly made from cotton. It is soft and smooth with a slight luster. It is lightweight, yet strong fabric with a denim look that can be plain or printed

    
Charmeuse is a lightweight fabric woven with a satin weave.  The front side of the fabric has a satin finish- lustrous and reflective- whereas the back has a dull finish. It can be made of silk, or a synthetic lookalike such as polyester.

    
Crepe aka Crepe de Chine Crape is a silk, wool, or polyester fabric of a gauzy texture, having a peculiar crisp or crimpy appearance.

    
Dimity is a lightweight, sheer cotton fabric usually employed for bed and curtains.  Usually white, sometimes a pattern is printed on it in colors. It is stout in texture, and woven in raised patterns

     
Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn.  Though originally striped, Gingham may be distinguished because it is almost always a checkered pattern.

     
Jersey  is a knit fabric used predominantly for clothing manufacture. It was originally made of wool, but can also be cotton, and synthetic fibers. The fabric can be a very stretchy, usually light-weight, and usually has one flat side and one piled side.

    
Kashavelle  is a wool blend that is made to look like cashmere

    
Organdy aka organdie is the sheerest cotton cloth made. Because of its stiffness and fiber content, it is very prone to wrinkling.

    
Shantung, a relatively heavy fabric originally made of spun, wild silk with a rough, nubby surface.  Rayon or cotton can also be used to imitate the look of the more expensive silk.

     Percale is a closely woven plain-weave fabric often used for bed linens and can be 100% cotton or as much as a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester. 

    
Piqué, aka marcella, refers to a weaving style, normally used with cotton yarn, which is characterized by raised parallel cords or fine ribbing. Twilled cotton and corded cotton are close relatives.

    
Pongee is another name for Tussah wild silk, when it has been woven into fabric. This is a very durable, medium-weight matte fabric. Good for dresses, work clothes, men's shirts, light weight pants and casual wear.  This fabric when dyed has a slight "shimmer" effect

    
Taffeta (formerly sometimes spelled taffety) is a crisp, smooth woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibres.

    
Tweed is a rough, coarse, unfinished woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture  It is made in either plain or twill (diagonal lines) weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern.

    
Voile is a light weight woven fabric usually made of cotton or polyester.  Because of its light weight, the fabric is mostly used in soft furnishing.


Spring and Summer Fabrics
Fabric Types
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1929 p214 CMO Spr-Sum Fabric

1929 p214 CMO Spr-Sum Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p239 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p239 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p240 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p240 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p241 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p241 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p242 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p242 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p243 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p243 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p245 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p245 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p271 Fabric

1930 BH Spr-Sum p271 Fabric

MW Spr-Sum 1930 p117

MW Spr-Sum 1930 p117

Fall and Winter Fabrics
1928 p169 SR Fall-Win Fabric

1928 p169 SR Fall-Win Fabric

1928 p170 SR Fall-Win Fabric

1928 p170 SR Fall-Win Fabric

1928 p179 SR Fall-Win Fabric

1928 p179 SR Fall-Win Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0230 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0230 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0239 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0239 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0240 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0240 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0241 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0241 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0242 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0242 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0251 Fabric

1931 Sear Fal-Win p0251 Fabric