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Ratine (dress fabric)

heavyweight woollen fabric, which is soft to the touch and has a subtle weave and a fine pile surface. It is arranged in small relief fibre tufts on ratine machines. Woven from carded yarns in twill or satin weave, in isolated cases by double-pick fabrictechnique. Used for children's coats, and in more fashionable designs for ladies' and men's coats, which may be one-colour or patterned. The name is derived from the French "ratiné (= curly).



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