Swiss muslin

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swiss muslin

(Textiles) a fine muslin dress fabric, usually having a raised or woven pattern of dolls or figures
[C19: so called because it was formerly imported from Switzerland]
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Swiss′ mus′lin

a crisp, sheer muslin often woven or printed with raised dots or figures (dotted swiss), used esp. for curtains and summer clothing.
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Dotted or plain Swiss muslin was the favorite garb, though there were those who were steaming in white cashmere or alpaca, because in some cases such frocks were thought more useful afterwards.
Promptly appeared in the house a yard of dotted Swiss muslin, and Saxon was deep in experimenting on patterns for herself, and in sorting her bits of laces for suitable trimmings.

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