In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- A sleeper chair (above left) is tufted and skirted in the same plaid taffeta used behind the bed.
- One display used five layers, with a blind within the window, followed by several layers of taffeta (yes, taffeta's still in), topped with two heavier drapes.
- Before it stood a young woman wearing white taffeta.
- Will you hear the crisp crackle of silk taffeta or did you just use glazed cotton which will make no sound at all?
- Fabrics that hold their shape, such as taffeta and heavy silk, have also made a comeback.
- He was disconcerted to hear that she wanted a pink living room, but he followed her lead, draping the room's three sets of French doors and two windows in striped pink taffeta.
- Traditionally, windsocks are made from nylon ripstop, taffeta or oxford cloth, available in a variety of bright colors.
- Her off-the-shoulder gown, which she disliked intensely, was made of fifty yards of ivory silk taffeta.
- There are also chiffon, tulle, lace, crepe, taffeta and leather.
- I washed dishes for months to afford its creamy layers of alternating lace and taffeta, accented at the waist by a peach silk rose.
- Inventories of her furnishings from the 1660s and 1670s mention fabric curtains for mirrors, such as one of blue taffeta in her Stockholm residence.
- She wore an ‘ensemble of green taffeta fashioned with a loose fitting bodice and bouffant skirt,’ and her husband were a matching court outfit.
- He summoned his brother: ‘Get in a stock of taffeta and rope and you'll see one of the most astonishing sights in the whole world!’
- The taffeta of Jezebelle's skirt brushed lightly against Angela's crossed legs, and the younger girl's mind was already half made.
- She wore a gown of ivory taffeta adorned with gold brocade made by her own hand.
- Gowns in black, burnished orange, cognac and pale pink easily communicate the rock princess vibe, especially when combined with silk taffeta, velvets and plush taffetas.
- I glance out of the window and through a late-afternoon haze look down on a sea that is the light blue of a blackbird's egg, its texture that of ruffled taffeta.
- The shapes are a lot more feminine, the fabrics - taffeta, silk and lace - are a lot more feminine, and there are more textures involved.
- Nora couldn't help herself; she began to tear at the delicate fabric of the dress, bits and pieces of red taffeta and silk flying every which way.
- Teaming a humble fabric such as felt or towelling with a more lavish material such as silk or taffeta is a technique she frequently uses.
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