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- Chantilly Lace: Chantilly lace
takes its name from the city
Chantilly, France where it originates. It is made of silk (the
real stuff anyway), and has patterns of flowers and ribbons woven
into a background of round lacy holes. The traditional color is
black, although white and natural silk color were frequently made.
These days, "Chantilly lace" appears in just about every color,
although the term is used loosely and really means "Chantilly style"
lace. Remember, to be real Chantilly Lace, it has to come from
Chantilly, France, (Like Champagne has to come from
and follow the traditional patterns.
Courtelle is a
1960s fabric resembling
wool, made of man-made fibers. "It is light, cool and washable
but, of course, most man-made fibers are. The difference lies in the
fact that this newest fabric has genuine chic. It has been used for
knitted suits that are truly handsome."
- peau de soie -
literally translated from the French, peau de soie means "skin of
silk". A favorite for wedding dresses and bride's maid gowns,
peau de soie is a medium to heavy, drapeable fabric with a satin
weave and delustered finish. Seen referred to as:
Made of: 100% silk, silk/rayon blend, polyester,
Modern Uses: wedding dresses, brides maid dresses, shoes,
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