Portuguese translation: Nanzuque

English term or phrase:nainsook
Portuguese translation:Nanzuque

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12:24 Mar 13, 2009
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English term or phrase: nainsook
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A lightweight, plain-weave, cotton cloth with a soft finish, although French nainsook has a crisp finish. Sometimes this fabric is made with a closely woven satin or twill stripe forming a corded effect at intervals across the fabric. Often used in the manufacture of lingerie and dresses. The word nainsook comes from the Hindi words nain, meaning eye, and sukh, meaning delight. This fabric dates back to seventeenth century India when it was sometimes called nansook, nyansook or nainsook and was thought to give 'pleasure to the eye'.

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  • Nainsook and lawn were made in extra fine, fine and regular cottons with the extra fine nainsook having a silk finish.
  • This simple mode is illustrated in linen with Swiss insertion, edge lace and ribbon-run beading and also in nainsook with Valenciennes lace, insertion, ribbon and beading.
  • The softest and finest fabrics are used for these dresses such as French and Persian lawn, batiste, handkerchief linen and nainsook.
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Algodão fino, macio e liso feito em vários pesos, lembrando uma cambraia mais pesada. Foi muito usado durante o século XIX para lingerie e roupas íntimas.
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Definition from Dicionário de Moda - Babylon:
Algodão fino, macio e liso feito em vários pesos, lembrando uma cambraia mais pesada. Foi muito usado durante o século XIX para lingerie e roupas íntimas.

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  • Nansouk ou Nanzouk s.m.: Nanzuque, tecido fino de algodão, usado em lingerie e para bordado. - Glossário de moda  
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