Acetate, a synthetic manmade fabric, is manufactured from cellulose fibers and usually used in linings. It is an inexpensive fabric with poor washing abilities and should be dry-cleaned.
Acrylic is often used in place of wool as an inexpensive synthetic substitute. It is warm and lightweight, it washes well, and is less expensive than wool.
The lower grades of alpaca were originally used as linings, and the better grades for fine dress goods. True alpaca cloth of alpaca hair is soft and lightweight.
Antique satin is a reversible satin-weave fabric with satin floats on the technical face and surface slubs on the technical back created by using slub-filling yarns. It is usually used with the technical back as the right side for drapery fabrics and often made of a blend of fibers.
Rough fabric with closely curled face resembling Astrakhan lamb's pelt. Astrakhan is woven or knit, usually with base yarns of cotton and pile of wool, mohair, acrylic or modacrylic fibers.
Barathea is a smooth-faced worsted uniform fabric constructed of an indistinct twilled basket weave of fine two-ply yarns.
Double-faced fabric woven with tightly twisted warp and two sets of soft spun filling yarns. Bathrobe blanketing is usually napped to produce soft, thick, warm material. Made of cotton, wool, polyester, acrylic, and blends of these fibers.
Batiste is an opaque, lightweight, spun yarn plain-weave fabric with a smooth surface. When made of cotton or cotton/polyester, the yarns are usually combed. It can be made of all wool, silk, or rayon.
Bedford cord is a heavy, warp-faced, unbalanced pique-weave fabric with wide warp cords created by extra filling yarns floating across the back to give a raised effect.
Bengaline is a lustrous, durable, warp-faced fabric with heavy filling cords completely covered by the warp.