Nankeen fabric is a hard-wearing cotton fabric. It is naturally yellow in colour, and was first woven by hand in the city of Nanking in China. This is how the fabrics name originated. Nankeen fabric is very rare nowadays, but was very popular throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries. The term ‘Nankeens’ was often applied to garments, such as trousers that were made from this material. Nankeen fabric is sturdy and relatively stiff and can also be dyed indigo. It is woven using a twill weave.

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Kelly Mitchell

Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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