matelassé

noun
ma·te·las·sé | \¦mätᵊl(ˌ)ä¦sā, ¦mät(ˌ)lä-\
plural -s

Definition of matelassé 

: a double cloth of cotton or rayon or other fibers woven on a jacquard loom and used especially for clothing, upholstery, and bedspreads and marked by raised floral or geometric designs with a puckered or quilted appearance achieved by the interlacing of threads in the weaving or the contracting of threads in the finishing

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History and Etymology for matelassé

French, from past participle of matelasser to cushion as with a mattress, from matelas mattress, from Middle French, alteration of materas, from Old French

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