batik wax resist

chemical
A cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Batik or fabrics with the traditional batik patterns are foun...

couching

composite stitches
A method of embroidering in which a design is made by various threads or cords laid upon the surface of a material and secured by fine stitc...

supplementary weft

compound weaves
Woven with an extra set of filling yarns to produce a special woven pattern, to increase the weight of the fabric, or both. A coarse soft-tw...

leno

compound weaves
A weaving process in which warp yarns are arranged in pairs. Two harnesses are required and two sets of warp, the ground yarns and the doup ...

applique

embroidery
Material that is cut out and sewn, embroidered, or fastened to a fabric.

moiré

engraved finishing technique
A finishing process that produces a wavy or rippling pattern with engraved rollers that press the design into the fabric. The difference in ...

stem stitch

flat stitches
A basic embroidery stitch that frequently is used to outline motifs; also employed as a filling stitch. The stitch is worked from top to bot...

coverlet

home decoration objects
American woven coverlets originally made during the late 18th and 19th centuries. These bed covers were loosely woven with geometric pattern...

brocade

jacquard
Rich heavy jacquard-woven fabric with raised floral or figured patterns emphasized by contrasting surfaces of colors. Satin or twill figures...

shibori

japanese
A rich Japanese silk fabric with elaborate patterns created by stitching gathers into the fabric before dyeing, often using repeated overdye...

bullion knot

knot stitches
A decorative embroidery stitch made by twisting the thread several times around the needle. Also known as a French Knot.

buttonhole stitch

looped stitches
A closely worked upright stitch fastened with a loop at the top. A row of buttonhole stitches provide a firm finish with a ridge along the l...

chain stitch

looped stitches
An embroidery or crochet stitch that forms connecting links like a chain.

indigo dye

plant dyes
Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color. Historically, indigo was a natural dye extracted from plants, and this proc...

paisleys

primary pattern
An oriental pattern, known in Asia as the boteh, which is shaped like a teardrop and rounded at one end with a curving point at the other. G...

molas

reverse applique
A technique for making decorative textiles associated with the Cuna Native American women of Panama and Colombia. Created by tacking togethe...

twill weave

simple weaves
A basic weave characterized by a diagonal rib, or twill line, generally running upward from left to right. Each end floats over or under at ...

oshima tsumugi

tsumugi
The Oshima style of kimono cloth in Japan references the very detailed double ikat cloth produced in Amami, Oshima, an island situated betwe...

toile de jouy

western
Toile is a fabric, from the French word meaning "linen cloth" or "canvas", particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. The word "toile" ca...