Cretonne is a plain weave, unglazed printed fabric that is typically made from cotton. It is mainly used for upholstery; however lighter weight versions can be used for garments. The patterns printed on it are usually floral patterns. Its name comes from the village of Creton in Normandy, France where the fabric was originally manufactured. Cretonne can also be made using linen and is similar in appearance to chintz but with a duller finish. It is heavy duty making it suitable for drapery and other furnishings. Some garments that can be made from cretonne are smocks and aprons.

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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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