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zardosi  intricate hand embroidery using gold, silver or multi-colored wire on a variety of fabrics.  Traditional garment from India.

Zein a corn protein obtained by treating corn gluten with alcohol.  Used in making fibers.

zephyr  any of various lightweight fabrics.

zibeline  wool from cross-bred yarns.   A soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair, alpaca, or camel's hair.  Satin weave.  The fabric is napped then steamed and pressed.  The nap is long and lies in one direction.  It is very lustrous and sleek.  It may or may not be given a soft finish and feel.  It is usually strong colored and sometimes strippings (removal of color) is noted in the cloth.  Named for the "zibeline" a small animal found in Siberia.  It belongs to the sable family and has fine black fur.

zip (Britian) zipper (USA) device for bringing together or separating two rows of metal or plastic teeth by means of a sliding tab, used for fastening clothing.  Here is another definition from another Apparel Search viewer, "plastic or metal teeth joined together by a plastic or metal piece with a handle attached. closes jackets/bags/flies.

zoot suit a severely cut suit consisting of a thigh-length jacket with wide padded shoulders and peg pants with narrow cuffs

zori a flat thonged sandal usually made of straw, cloth, leather, or rubber

Zouave

zucchetto a small round skullcap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics in colors that vary according to the rank of the wearer

 

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