You may find this period guide to fabrics useful, particularly for fabrics and weaves which are no longer common. Originally published 1906, I have transcribed this dictionary of textiles from the revised 1925 edition of Textiles and Clothing, by Kate Heintz Watson, revised by Charlotte Gibbs Baker. Albatross- A soft woolen fabric with a slight crepe effect; plain weave; 36 in. wide Art Linen- A soft finished, plain woven linen, of round, hard twisted yarns; used for embroidery and especially adaptable for hemstitching. Batiste - The French word for lawn. Very fine cotton material, sometimes mercerized; white or delicate colors, sometimes printed; 36 or 45 in. wide. Also, wool batiste, a soft fine woolen fabric, suitable for children's dresses; 40 in. wide Bedford Cord - A closely woven woolen or cotton cloth having a raised, corded surface similar to pique; 32 or 42 inches wide. Birds-eye - Linen or cotton fabric with a figure resembling a bird's eye; different widths, 18 to 30 inches Broadcloth - A fine woolen cloth with the nam finished very smooth and glossy; in cutting, the direction of the nap must be considered. It takes its name from the width; 50 inches wide. Buckram - A coarse, heavy, stiff material, used largely for hat frames, 27 inches wide Calico - A coarse, cheap cotton fabric; color printed on, and design shows on one side only; 27 inches wide. Cambric - A soft finished, fine, white cotton fabric, polished in the finishing; 36 inches wide. Also a thin cotton lining, stiffened like paper, 25 inches wide Camel's Hair - A beautiful soft silky fabric, usually woven of camel's or goat's hair. Canton flannel - Made of soft twisted cotton yarns woven with a twill weave and with a nap on one side. Bleached or unbleached or in plain colors, 25 or 36 inches wide. Canvas - Linen or cotton of a variety of textures used for many purposes, from embroidery to awnings. Cashmere - A soft, fine woolen fabric, light in weight, twill weave, usually made from the hair of the Cashmere goat. Cassimere - A woolen fabric made in various grades and in men's suitings; 54 inches wide Challis - An inexpensive cotton or wool fabric; plain weave with printed design; varies considerably in quality and price; 27 inches wide. Chambray - originally of linen. Now a plain gingham usually with colored warp and white weft; 27 or 28 inches wide.