Dimity

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A bustle made from dimity, 1881.

Dimity is a lightweight, sheer cotton fabric, used historically, having at least two warp threads thrown into relief to form fine cords. It is a cloth commonly employed for bed upholstery and curtains, and usually white, though sometimes a pattern is printed on it in colors. It is stout in texture, and woven in raised patterns.[1] Originally dimity was made of silk or wool, but since the 18th century it has been woven almost exclusively of cotton.

A palampore is a dimity made in India and used for bed coverings.[2]

Name[edit]

Dimity is also a girls' name, which, while still uncommon, is most popular in Australia.

Article of clothing[edit]

A dimity was a bit of draping worn by performers of the Poses Plastiques, which was an early form of strip tease. Performers wore flesh colored silk body stockings and a dimity to give the illusion of modesty.

Theatrical references[edit]

  • In the Finale of Act I of The Pirates of Penzance, the Pirates sing, "Pray observe the magnanimity we display to lace and dimity".
  • At the conclusion of The Insect Play, by brothers Karel and Josef Čapek and translated by Paul Selver, a group of school children sings: "As I went down to Shrewsbury Town, / I saw my love in a dimity gown: / And all so gay I gave it away, / I gave it away—my silver crown."

References[edit]

  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dimity". Encyclopædia Britannica 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 273. 
  2. ^ "palampore". Dictionary.com.