Brilliantine is a fine, lustrous cloth with a cotton warp and a worsted or mohair weft. It is very similar in its appearance to alpaca. Brilliantine was popular throughout the mid 19th and 20th Centuries and is a woven fabric. It is woven in either a plain or twill weave and was used mainly in dresses and linings, as it comes in both plain colour dyed fabrics and could also be printed with a pattern. Brilliantine is lightweight and is known for its dust-shedding properties.

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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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