cambric

/kaym"brik/, n.
a thin, plain cotton or linen fabric of fine close weave, usually white.
[1520-30; earlier cameryk, after Kameryk, D name of CAMBRAI]

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      lightweight, closely woven, plain cotton cloth first made in Cambrai, France, and originally a fine linen fabric. Printed cambric was used in London by 1595 for bands, cuffs, and ruffs. Modern cambric is made from choice American or Egyptian cotton, with both warp and weft, or filling, yarns ranging from 60 to 80 in size (count), and is usually lightly calendered to produce a slight gloss on one side.

      Cambric may be bleached or dyed in the piece. Lower qualities have a smooth, bright finish. It is light in weight, is well adapted to sewing, has good body, is well sized, and presents a neat, appealing hand and finish. Because cambric launders easily and well, it is ideal for handkerchiefs, children's dresses, slips, underwear, and nightgowns.

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