Nainsook is a fine, lightweight cotton fabric. It is woven in a palin weave, and is similar to lawn fabric, but is softer and has a lower thread count. It is often mercerised to create a stronger and more lustrous fabric. The yarn or fabric is treated with a caustic alkali solution and is also used to increase the fabrics affinity to dye. Nainsook fabric is commonly woven with a stripe pattern. It was originally made in India and was very popular during the 19thCentury, it is very rare now but was used for underwear, nightwear and baby clothing. The word ‘Nainsook’ comes from the Hindu language and means ‘Eyes Delight.’

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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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