- n. A rich patterned textile with a woven floral or figured raised figures, distinguished and emphasized by contrasting surfaces or colours. Satin or plain weave figures on plain weave (tabby) or satin grounds may be used. In the Renaissance it meant cloths where the figures were woven only in silver or gold, but from later on it is known for any fabric with a raised pattern. It is also the fabric obtained from the Jacquard loom. Far from the decorative purpose it is also used for dresses, wraps, draperies and upholstery. Originally from the Islamic world, the practice passed to Italy and Spain.
- Campbell, Gordon. The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance. Oxford University Press, 2003; Stevenson, Angus, ed. Oxford Dictionary of English. 3rd ed. Oxford University; Miller, Leslie. Selling Silks. A Merchant´s Sample Book 1764. London: V & A Publishing, 2014; Tortora, Phyllis, y Ingrid Johnson. The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles, 2015
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