babushka a usually triangularly folded
kerchief for the head(scarves)
baby blue a pale blue.
backpack made from many varieties of fabric.
However, it is typically made of a sturdy fabric to provide proper support
for carrying items. Often used be students to carry books.
Apparel Search viewers are often found
carrying heavy back packs full of fashion magazines, scissors, fabric and
thread. A camping pack, as of canvas or nylon, supported by
usually aluminum frame and carried on the back.
used for washing wool after carding to remove all impurities. It also dries
the tops after washing by passing them over steam-heated cylinders, or perforated
cylinders through which hot air is forced.
backwashing removal of the oil which has been
put into worsted stock in the blending, oiling and mixing operations when
the mix was made up.
a wraparound garment, as a
skirt, that fastens
in the back
the crushed stalks of the sugar cane after the sugar has been extracted.
bagging material for bags.
bagwig an 18th century wig with the back hair
enclosed in a small silk bag
a coarse woolen or cotton fabric napped to imitate felt.
a knit cap for the head and neck [Also called, balaclava
balcony bra, also known as a
balconette bra.. Typically (but not always) you want as
much support and coverage as you can get out of your bra. With a scoop or
low cut neck tops, this creates a natural fashion conflict. If you are a
bra wearer, you need support but you want enough support without the cups
showing. Bra designers figured out a unique approach. The
solves the problem by providing more support than you usually get along
the bottom and outer area of the bra cups. This effectively causes the breasts
to rise and move towards the center of the chest. This also creates cleavage,
which usually is desirable with a low cut neck. The balcony bra design reduces
the cup coverage across the top and inner area of the breasts. This effectively
helps keeps the bra cups from showing above the cut line of the top unless
you are wearing something with a severe plunge. The major benefit of a balcony
bra is that it provides the wearer with a solution to low cut tops without
sacrificing much of the bras required performance.
balbriggan a knitted cotton
fabric used especially for underwear or hosiery.
a rich embroidered fabric of silk and gold.
an often ornamented belt worn over one shoulder to
support a sword or bugle.
a package of wool in a standard wool pack to fit order for shipment. May
be farm, dumped, or unitized. Common form is the farm bale weighing between
100 and 200 kgs.
balloon sleeve a type of full sleeve.
It is frequently made of lighter or transparent fabrics.
a loose single-breasted overcoat usually having raglan
sleeves and a short turnover collar
a laced boot or shoe; [Often capitalized] a round
flat cap with a top projecting all around
a giant woody grass, often reaching a height of forty feet or more, found
in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Eastern Hemisphere. It also
has been grown successfully in certain parts of the Southern United States.
The fibers closely resemble those from straws in many of their characterisitics
. Its fibers have an average length of 2.4mm, thus standing between softwood
and hardwood fibers.
a close-fitting strip that confines material at the waist, neck, or cuff
a fillet or band especially for the hair; brassiere.
a belt worn over the shoulder and across the breast
a hat woven of fine palm fiber in the Philippines
a stiff usually ornamental bracelet or anklet slipped
or clasped on
a fabric that has a broken rib weave and a pebbly texture and that is made
of silk, worsted, or synthetic fiber or a combination of these.
Fabric has granular texture achieved by the short broken
ribs in the filling direction. It is a rich soft-looking, fine fabric.
Used in men's dress ties, cumberbunds. English in origin and originally
made as a mourning cloth.
a medieval cloth headdress passing over or under the chin and covering
Bar Tacks: a horizontal stitch that bisects a seam,
for added strength and durability.
basinet a light
often pointed steel helmet
basque a tight-fitting
bodice for women
a strong woody fiber obtained chiefly from the phloem of plants and used
especially in cordage, matting, and fabrics.
bathing suit swimsuit
bathrobe a loose often
absorbent robe worn before and after bathing or as a dressing gown
a fabric printed by batik, namely an Indonesian method of hand-printing
textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed.
batistecotton, also rayon and wool.
Named after Jean Batiste, a French linen weaver. Light weight, soft,
semi-sheer fabric which resembles nainsook, but finer. It belongs to the
lawn family; almost transparent. It is made of tightly twisted, combed yarns
and mercerized finish. Sometimes it is printed or embroidered. In
a heavier weight, it is used for foundation garments and linings in a plain,
figured, striped, or flowered design. Considered similar to nainsook
but finer and lighter in weight. Now usually made of 100% polyester
distinguished by slubs in filling direction.
bay a garland or
crown especially of laurel given as a prize for victory or excellence. Also,
a reddish brown color.
has brightly coloured stripes in the filling direction. Crosswise
rib (plain or twill weave). Often black warp. The colour effects
are usually startling or bizarre. Mostly produced in India. Name derived
from the Bajadere dancing girl of India, dedicated from birth to a dancing
life. The Bayadere costume includes the striped garment, a flimsy
scarf or shawl, jeweled trousers, spangles, sequins, anklets.
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