Glacé

By | June 10, 2016

Part of the ‘Antique Fabrics’ series, this fabric isn’t necessarily extinct, but it was more popular in the past than the present.

A fabric with the surface chemically finished to create a glossy, highly polished effect, as per chintz.

I’ve seen it mentioned in clothing catalogs of the late 19th century – for ladies’ and girls’ dresses. Hunting around for it now, all I’m finding are quilting collections were glacé is marketing term, not a reference to the fabric’s finish.

Depending on how shiny you want it, modern good-enough equivalents would be chintz, ciré or lamé.

 

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