Part of the reason I am chasing this book is the wonderful information it contains inside of it for patterns and being able to describe in detail what kind of fabric is in your hand. This is very important for me not only for writing the blog but when dealing with cloth merchants. I will give you an example below.
This is the Mercury definition of Barathea:
A worsted fabric in twill hop-sack weave weighing 15 Oz or over 58-in. The cloth is dyed indigo. Woven from 2/36's botany warp and 66's weft, and in fine reeds and picks, about 92 x 160. The finishing process shrinks the fabric about 20 per cent.
|Mercury textiles dictionary diagram of the weaving process for Barathea|
The diagram shows the weave. Another cloth is woven with a silk warp and a fine botany weft in weft rib weave. Used for dresses. This term was originally adopted as a registered trade name for an armure silk tie, but is now generally used for silk or worsted fabric with a pebbled weave of the armure. A fabric used for army clothing which had this name is made of all two-fold worsted yarns and in a double twill weave.