'Matelasse' is French for mattress
I'm working on a great wrap blouse for a client in a gorgeous fabric. It is a wool/silk blend fabric with a woven texture somewhere in between quilting and brocade. I have decided that it is 'matelasse'. It is reminiscent of fabulous 50's and 60's dinner dresses like this one from Balenciaga.
Such a fantastic fabric and a pleasure to work with...all the advantages and stability of wool with the luxury of silk. My client purchased this from Mood, thought I doubt there is any left.