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Duvetyne, or duvetyn,[1][2] (also known as Molton and Rokel[3][4]) is a twill fabric with a velvet-like nap on one side. It may be woven from cotton, wool, or—in rare cases, mainly in the early 20th century—silk. Duvetyne has a matte finish and its high opacity makes it ideal for blocking light.

Although it is most commonly used in the motion picture industry, early sources list duvetyne as a common fabric for dresses, suits, and coats.[5][6][7][8] By the 1930s, however, it was widely noted for its use in constructing theatrical cycloramas[9][10] and theater curtains.

In modern times, fire-retardant black duvetyne is commonly used for curtains, for scenery, and to control light spill. Many commercial lighting flags are made from duvetyne.[11][12] When used in film applications, especially in the eastern United States, duvetyne is also known as "commando cloth".[13][14][15]

In the first season of the original Star Trek television series, the exterior shots of "space" were created by gluing glitter onto black duvetyne.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ionazzi, Daniel A. (1996). The stagecraft handbook (1st ed.). Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books. p. 96. ISBN 9781558704046.
  2. ^ Shaeffer, Clair (2011). Claire Shaeffer's fabric sewing guide (2nd ed.). Cincinnati: F+W Media. ISBN 9781440221125.
  3. ^ http://www.theatricalsupplies.com.au/molton_fabric.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2013-09-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog. 1902. p. 9.
  6. ^ Good Housekeeping. 67. 1918.
  7. ^ Scribner's. 69. January 1921. p. 14.
  8. ^ America's Jewish Journal. 57. p. 418.
  9. ^ Curtains and Scenery for Miniature Stage. Popular Science. March 1934.
  10. ^ Koch, Frederick Henry (1935). Play producing for school and little theatre stages. p. 63.
  11. ^ Brown, Blain (1996). Motion Picture and Video Lighting. Focal Press. p. 151. ISBN 0-240-80249-7.
  12. ^ Ferncase, Richard K. (1992). Basic lighting worktext for film and video. p. 43. ISBN 9780240800851.
  13. ^ Grecco, Michael (2006). Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait. ISBN 9780817442279.
  14. ^ Monroe, James; Kates, Robert (2005). Art of the event: complete guide to designing and decorating special events. p. 147. ISBN 0-471-42686-5.
  15. ^ Ionazzi, Daniel (1996). The Stagecraft Handbook. p. 96. ISBN 1-55870-404-3.
  16. ^ Clarke, Frederick S. (1992). Cinefantastique. 23.