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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
AAcetate: A synthetic fiber made from wood cellulose like a bio fiber, but treated with acid to produce a strong, lightweight absorbent fabric often used in linings.
Acid Etched: Designs on or carved into glass by use of acids on the surface.
Acrylic: A synthetic fiber with the properties of very soft wool. Holds up well to machine washing.
Alpaca: Luxurious natural fiber made from the fleece of the alpaca (related to the llama).
Angora: Luxurious natural fiber made from the fleece of the angora goat or the combed soft hairs of the angora rabbit.
Applique: A piece of fabric, cut to shape and sewn on to a larger piece as decoration.
Arabesque: From the mideastern style - an intricate pattern or design featuring spiralling or serpentine lines.
Armoire: A large, sometimes ornate cabinet or chest.
Artisan: Made by, or having the visual appeal of the work of skilled craftsmen, using time honored methods.
Asymmetrical: Varying in length or pattern from one side to the other. Different on each side, not symmetrical.