A soft double or compound fabric with a quilted appearance. One of the fabrics that, like cloque
, has a blistered or quilted look to the design. Officially, the word matelasse implies the use of two different yarns that, when finished
, react differently to the finishing
resulting in a puckered effect in the fabric. In practice, the term matelasse is usually applied to luxury fabrics for evening wear, while a word such as cloque
is used for a similar fabric made from cotton
. The heavier type is used in draperies and upholstery, whereas crepe
matelasse is popular in dresses, semiformal and formal suits and wraps, and trimmings.