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mobcap a woman's fancy indoor cap made with a high full crown and often tied under the chin

moccasin  a soft leather heelless shoe or boot with the sole brought up the sides of the foot and over the toes where it is joined with a puckered seam to a U-shaped piece lying on top of the foot; a regular shoe having a seam on the forepart of the vamp imitating the seam of a moccasin

mocha a dark chocolate-brown color.

modacrylic fiber  a manufactured fiber in which the fiberforming substance is any long chain synthetic polymer composed of less than 84% but at least 50% by weight of acrylonitrile units. (-CH2CH[CN]-)x. Modacrylic fibers are made from resins that are copolymers (combinations) of acrylonitrile and other materials, such as vinyl chloride, vinylidene chloride or vinyl bromide. Modacrylic fibers are either dry spun or wet spun. Modacrylic Fiber have characteristics of soft, resilien, easy to dye to bright shades, abrasion resistant, flame resistant, quick drying, resistant to acids and alkalies, shape retentive. It can be made to fabrics like fleece, knit-pile backing or nonwoven fabrics. It is suitable for making garment like deep-pile coats, trims and linings, simulated fur, wigs and hair pieces, children's sleepwear, career apparel.  Fake Furs are often made out of this fiber.

modal  type of viscose. Modal fabric has softness, good drape and is comfortable for wearing  Modal fabric has good moisture regain and air permeability which is often considered better than cotton fabric, it is a good material for exercise clothing and health suit, which can serve to benefit physiology circulation and health of the body.  Modal fabric has level up surface, fine and smooth and velvet, which have the effect of natural silk.  The yarn has the character of high strength.  The fabric has good softness and brilliant luster.  The effect of the finished Modal garment is very good, and the form is steady.  The garment maintains anti-crease properties and has relatively easy care.

mohair  from the angora goat.   Some has cotton warp and mohair filling (sometimes called brilliantine).   Imitation mohair made from wool or a blend.  Plain or twill or knitted.   Angora goat is one of the oldest animals known to man.  It is 2 1/2 times as strong as wool.  Goats are raised in S.Africa, Western Asia, turkey, and neighboring countries.  Some are in the U.S.A.  Fabric is smooth, glossy, and wiry.   Has long wavy hair.  Also made in a pile fabric of cut and uncut loops similar to frieze with a cotton and wool back and mohair pattern. - Similar to alpaca.

moir
 
a fabric having a wavy watered appearance.  Fairly stiff with body in most cases.  It is produced by passing the fabric between engraved cylinders which press the design into the material, causing the crushed and uncrushed parts to reflect the light differently.  The pattern is not permanent, except on acetate rayon.

moleskin a heavy durable cotton fabric with a short thick velvety nap on one side.  A garment of moleskin, namely a durable cotton with a velvety nap on one side [Usually used in plural]

monkey jacket  mess jacket

monk's cloth  a coarse heavy fabric in 4 X 4 basket weave made originally of worsted and used for monk's habits, but now chiefly of cotton or linen and used for draperies.  Quite heavy, due to construction.  It is difficult to sew or manipulate as the yarns have a tendency to slide, stretch and fray.   May sag in time depending on the compactness of the weave.  It can also be made in other basket weaves.  Quite rough in texture.

montero  a round hunter's cap with ear flaps

moquette an upholstery fabric having a velvety pile.

moreen  a strong fabric of wool, wool and cotton, or cotton with a plain glossy or moir
finish.

morion  a high-crested helmet with no visor

morning coat

morning dress

mortar board  an academic cap consisting of a closely fitting headpiece with a broad flat projecting square top

moss crepe   mossy crepe or sand crepe (trade mark).   Has a fine moss effect created by plain weave or small Dobby.  Made with a spun-rayon warp and a filament rayon filling. T he two-ply warp yarn is very coarse and bulkier than the filling.  Mostly made in rayon and synthetics but some in silk.

moss green a variable color averaging a mod yellow-green.

mother hubbard  a loose usually shapeless dress

motley  a woolen fabric of mixed colors made in England between the 14th and 17th centuries.  A garment made of motley fabric, namely a woolen fabric of mixed colors made in England between the 14th and 17th centuries, especially the characteristic dress of the professional fool

mousseline a fine sheer fabric (as of rayon) that resembles muslin.

mousseline de soie  a silk muslin having a crisp finish.  Sheer, open, and lightweight.  It is something like chiffon but with a crisp finish produced by sizing.  It does not wear well and it does not launder.

mousy 
grayish brown.

mozzetta  a short cape with a small ornamental hood worn over the rochet by Roman Catholic prelates

muff  a warm tubular covering for the hands

muffler  a scarf worn around the neck

mukluk  a sealskin or reindeer-skin boot worn by Eskimos; a boot often of duck with a soft leather sole and worn over several pairs of socks

mulberry  a dark purple or purplish black.

mule  a shoe or slipper without quarter or heel strap [Compare scuff]

mull  a soft fine sheer fabric of cotton, silk, or rayon.

musette  a small knapsack; also, a similar bag with one shoulder strap [Called also musette bag]

muslin a plain-woven sheer to coarse cotton fabric.

mustard a dark to moderate yellow.

 

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