Apou Fabric

The Chinese name for the very brilliant and transparent fabrics made from ramie (see Ramie). These fabrics are known as "grass cloth" in England. The decortication of the fibre is carried out by hand, and they can be separated to almost the fineness of silk. The fibre is remarkably white and almost equal to bleached cotton in colour. It also has a lustre which excels linen in this respect. The cloths made vary from very fine muslin type, up to heavy plain, such as 60 X 60, 14/14 (cotton counts)

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.

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