A cummerbund is a broad waist sash, usually pleated, which is generally worn with black tie for formal occasions. The cummerbund was first adopted by British military officers in colonial India but later spread to civilian use. Today it is an important men's accessory for formal evening wear events.
The modern beret is derived from the traditional cap of Basque shepherds and was first mass-produced in 19th century France, with which country it remains associated. Berets are worn as part of the uniform of many military and police units worldwide, as well as by other organizations.
Chiffon, from the French word for a colth or rag, is a lightweight, balanced plain woven sheer fabric woven of alternate s- and z twist crepe (high-twist)yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel.Chiffon can be made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibres, but is usually associated with silk or nylon. Chiffon can be dyed to almost any shade desired, however if made from polyester it is difficult to dye. Under a magnifying glass it resembles a fine net or mesh which allows chiffon to have see-through properties.Chiffon is most commonly used in evening wear, especially as an overlay, giving an elegant and floating appearance to the gown. It is also a popular fabric used in blouses, ribbons, scarves and lingerie. Like other crepe fabrics, chiffon can be difficult to work with because of its light and slippery textures. Due to this delicate nature, chiffon must be hand washed very gently.Since chiffon is a light weight fabric that frays very easily.
Crepe-de-Chine,(French: “crepe of China”), light and fine plainwoven dress fabric produced either with all-silk warp and weft or else with a silk warp and hard-spun worsted weft. A crepe de Chine texture has a slightly crepe character, a feature produced by the use of weft, or filling, yarns spun with the twist running in reverse directions and known as right-hand and left-hand twist, respectively. During weaving, the picks of filling are inserted in the order of “two-and-two” (i.e., with two picks of weft with a right-hand twist and two picks with a left-hand twist).
Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface. Flocking of an article can be performed for the purpose of increasing its value in terms of the tactile sensation, aesthetics, color and appearance
Merino wool, Merinos are regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep
Polka dot is a pattern consisting of dots. Polka dot patterns are quite variable: they range from a series of dots that are equally spaced and sized to a random arrangement of multicoloured dots of different sizes. Occasionally white on black regularly spaced polka dots appear on more formal clothing.While polka dots are ancient, they first became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in Britain. At the same time polka music was extremely popular and the name was also applied to the pattern, despite no real connection between them.
Ramie is one of the oldest fibre crops, having been used for at least six thousand years, and is principally used for fabric production. Also known as Chinese linen.
Sinamay - A type of straw/natural fibre made from a plant (musa textilis) of the Philippines. It is usually dyed and stiffened and mainly used for the production of hats and fascinators.
Taffeta (formerly sometimes spelled taffety) is a crisp, smooth woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibers. The word is Persian in origin, and means "twisted woven." It is considered to be a "high end" fabric, suitable for use in ball gowns, wedding dresses, and in interiors for curtains or wallcovering. There are two distinct types of silk taffeta: yarn-dyed and piece-dyed. Piece-dyed taffeta is often used in linings and is quite soft. Yarn-dyed taffeta is much stiffer and is often used in evening dresses. While silk taffeta has been classically woven in Italy and France and until the 1950s in Japan, today most silk taffeta is produced in India. Originally this was produced on handlooms.
Tie-dye is a process of resist dyeing textiles or clothing which is made from knit or woven fabric, usually cotton; typically using bright colors. It is a modern version of traditional dyeing methods used in many cultures throughout the world "Tie-dye" can also describe the resulting pattern or an item which features this pattern. Tie-dyeing became fashionable in the West in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of hippie style.