"The little girl's dress is of white China scilk (sic). The yoke is covered with all-over-lace. The ruffles are hemmed up and feather-stitched. The child's dress is of white nainsook with hemstitching and insertion."

Nainsook is a soft, fine, lightweight form of muslin.[1][2] Muslin encompasses a broad range of fabrics of varying weights and fineness, but is always a plain weave, cotton fabric. The word nainsook is first documented in 1790, and derives from the Hindi and Urdu "nainsukh", which literally means "eye's delight".[1]

Nainsook was often used to make babies' clothing or lingerie at least until the 1920s.[3] Nainsook cotton was also often used to make bias tape in the 50s and 60s.

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  1. 1 2 "Nainsook". Merriam Webster. Merriam Webster, Inc. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. "Nainsook". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. Wells, Jane Warren (1924). Dress and Be Slender. Scranton, PA: International Textbook Publishers.
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