Percaline fabric is a fine, lightweight cotton fabric. It is typically glazed or woven with mercerised yarns to give the fabric strength and lustre. Percaline fabric is usually dyed bright colours or printed. This fabric originated in France and was very popular throughout the 19th century. It was used for lining dresses and coats. Percaline is typically glossy and was used in book bindings traditionally. It was first used around 1858. It has a good drape.

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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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