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A heavy, soft linen fabric with a pebbled or crepe effect


  1. A term to describe the difference between the percentage of warp crimp and the percentage of filling crimp.
  2. A term referring to a fabric in which the number of ends and the number of picks per inch are not equal

A term applied to fabrics that have been treated with finishes to make them resistant to oil stains.

Any fabric treated with linseed-oil varnish to make it waterproof. It comes in
plain colors and printed designs and is most commonly used for table covers or shelf covering. It
has now been widely replaced by plastic coated fabrics

A term describing fabrics that are impervious to oil.

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is any long chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of ethylene, propylene, or other olefin units. Olefin fibers combine lightweight with high strength and abrasion resistance, and are currently being used in rope, indoor-outdoor carpets, and lawn furniture upholstery. (Also see POLYETHYLENE FIBER and POLYPROPYLENE FIBER.)

A term describing a substance that has a strong affinity for oils

A term describing a substance that does not have a strong affinity for oils

A polymer molecule consisting of only a few monomer units.

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