Marquisette fabric is a lightweight fabric. It is constructed using a leno weave and it is a net fabric. Originally, this fabric was made from silk and was used for dresses, especially in Bridal wear. More commonly nowadays, it is made from cotton, wool or synthetic fibres and is used frequently from net curtains. Marquisette fabric is semi-transparent as it uses an open weave, it is similar to Grenadine fabric, but with a slightly more open weave. It can be made to look very different depending on the fibres used and the finishes applied to the fabric. It was extremely popular throughout the 19th Century in evening gowns.

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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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