Orleans fabric is an inexpensive material. It was produced in the 1830’s in Norwich to compete with similar fabrics in production in the North of England. This fabric had a fine cotton warp and a worsted weft. Orleans fabric is similar to Coburg, Parramatta and Poplin. This fabric is lustrous, elastic and lightweight. It is rough to the touch and has a fine, porous surface. It is generally woven using a linen or panama weave. Orleans fabric is used for dresses and suits. It is woven on a listing or jacquard loom and was first manufactured in Orleans, there the fabric gets its name from.

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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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