dalmatic a wide-sleeved overgarment with slit sides
damask (1) a grayish red. (2)
Linen, silk, rayon, cotton, synthetics, wool, worsteds.
Figured on Jacquard loom. Originally made of silk, that came to us
from China via Damascus. In the XIII Century, Marco Polo gave an interesting
tale about it. It is one of the oldest and most popular cloths to
be found today. Very elaborate designs are possible. Cloth
is beetled, calendared and the better qualities are gross-bleached.
Very durable. Reversible fabric. Sheds dirt. The firmer
the texture, the better the quality. Launders well and holds a high
lustre - particularly in linen. There are two types of damask table
1) Single damask table cloths: construction. Thread count is usually around
2) Double damask has an 8 shaft satin construction with usually twice as
many filling yarns as warp yarns. This gives a much greater distinctness
to the pattern. Thread count ranges from 165 to 400.
The quality of both depends on the yarn used and the thread count.
If the same quality and thread count are used, single is better than double
because the shorter floats are more serviceable and the yarns hold more
firmly. Double damask with less than 180 thread count is no good for
dashiki a usually brightly colored loose-fitting pullover
daylight a type of light used in a commercial light box
to simulate natural daylight. The correct technical definition is as follows:
Daylight is a light source providing a color temperature of 6500+/-200 K
at an illumination of 90 to 120 ft/candles. This source is typically provided
by four filtered 750 W Tungsten Halogen lamps. The daylight filters must
be certified by the manufacturer to ensure consistency of the transmitted
color temperature between each filter/location. The resulting spectral power
distribution of the transmitted light must be maintained to confirm to that
of the filter manufacturer's standard. (K = Kelvin)
colletage a d
dress, namely a strapless dress or one with a plunging neckline
deerskin a garment of deerskin, namely leather made from the skin
of a deer
deerstalker a close-fitting hat with a visor at the front
and at the back and with earflaps that may be worn up or down
denier a unit of
fineness for rayon, nylon,and silk, based on
a standard mass per length of 1 gram per 9,000 meters of yarn.
denim name derived from French "serge
de Nimes". Originally had dark blue, brown or dark grey warp with a
white or gray filling giving a mottled look and used only for work clothes.
A firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric. [Plural] overalls
or trousers usually of blue denim, namely a firm durable twilled usually
cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads.
Twill - right hand - may be L2/1 or L3/1.
derby a man's stiff felt hat with dome-shaped crown and narrow
designers are people with a desire to create. They combine
practical knowledge with artistic ability to turn abstract ideas into formal
designs for the clothes that we wear, the living and office space that we
inhabit, and the merchandise that we buy. Designers usually specialize in
a particular area of design, such as automobiles, clothing, furniture, home
appliances, industrial equipment, interiors of homes or office buildings,
movie and theater sets, packaging, or floral arrangements.
dhoti draped garment for the lower trunk and legs,
common throughout India, mostly for men. Wrapped around the waist, tucked
or knotted like a sarong (or bath towel) save that the remaining fabric,
often half or more of the total, is then pleated and wrapped around the
legs, then tucked in. Drapes vary by region and caste, from basically skirt-like
to tidy trouser-like arrangements. Traditional dhoti drapes and sari drapes
blend into one another; many saris draped without a petticoat start with
a dhoti drape, but use a longer cloth and drape the upper body with part
dhurrie a thick flat-woven cotton cloth made in
diadem crown; specifically, a royal headband
diaper a fabric with a distinctive pattern; a
rich silk fabric; a soft usually white linen or cotton fabric used for tablecloths
or towels. A basic garment for infants consisting of a folder cloth
or other absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about
dickey an article of clothing worn to fill in the neckline, as
a man's separate or detachable shirtfront
digitizing embroidery digitizing is
the process of converting
artwork to stitches.
dimity plain weave with a crosswise
or lenghtwise spaced rib or crossbar effect; made of cotton.
A thin sheer with corded spaced stripes that could be single,
double or triple grouping. Made of combed yarn and is 36" wide.
Has a crisp texture which remains fairly well after washing. Resembles lawn
in the white state. It is easy to sew and to manipulate and launders
well. Creases unless crease-resistant. May be bleached,
dyed, or printed and often printed with a small rose-bud design.
It is mercerized and has a soft lustre. Used for children's dresses,
women's dresses, and blouses, infant's wear, collar and cuff sets, basinettes,
bedspreads, curtains, underwear. Has a very young look.
dinner jacket a jacket for formal evening wear
dirndl a dress with tight bodice, short sleeves, low neck,
and gathered skirt; a full skirt with a tight waistband
direct merchant a direct merchant, works
directly with fabric mills and
clothing manufacturers, eliminating the markups
of middlemen. They typically pass the savings
on to their customers, who shop directly with
disguise apparel assumed to conceal one's identity or counterfeit
dishabille [Archaic] negligee
dishcloth a cloth for washing dishes.
diving suit a waterproof suit with a removable helmet worn by
a diver who is supplied with air pumped through a tube
djellaba a long loose garment with full sleeves and a hood
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