Orleans fabric is an inexpensive material. It was produced in the 1830’s in Norwich to compete with similar fabrics in production in the North of England. This fabric had a fine cotton warp and a worsted weft. Orleans fabric is similar to Coburg, Parramatta and Poplin. This fabric is lustrous, elastic and lightweight. It is rough to the touch and has a fine, porous surface. It is generally woven using a linen or panama weave. Orleans fabric is used for dresses and suits. It is woven on a listing or jacquard loom and was first manufactured in Orleans, there the fabric gets its name from.
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