Tarlatan fabric is a coarse, sheer fabric. It is a gauze-like fabric and is woven in an open plain weave. It is usually stiffened with a product called ‘size.’ Tarlatan was used for various garments including tutus , ball gowns, hats, petticoats, however it is a fairly outdated fabric nowadays, having been replaced by synthetic alternatives. Tarlatan is still used frequently in Couture millinery as it retains its shape well and is very flexible and pliable when damp, which is very useful when creating complex shapes.

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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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