Glossary A-L
Age: Period of time, which defines each of the four metamorphosis of the silk worm

Bobbin: a reel, cylinder, or spool, upon which yarn or thread is wound. It is then placed in the shuttle in order to weave the fabric.

Bobbin making: With the help of a bobbin maker, the threads are wound around small bobbins, which will then be placed inside the shuttle, to weave the weft thread.

Bombyx mori: Name given to the butterfly which evolves from the silk worm (first discovered in China)

Brocatelle: Lampas characterised by a 'high relief' satin design on a plain satin fabric.

Brocaded: Figured fabrics created with small shuttles, the pattern of which is embossed by a supplementary weft thread. It gives the appearance of an embroidered fabric.

Canut: A silk weaving worker in Lyon

Chiffon: a sheer fabric of silk, nylon or rayon in plain weave

Damask: a reversible figured fabric, usually made from linen, silk, cotton, or wool, woven with patterns (two different weaves are used)

Educator: Someone, who raises silk worms

Embroidery: The art of stitching raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle.

Fibroin: The main component of silk

Figured fabric: A high relief fabric created by the crossing of the warp threads and the weft threads

Handloom: a loom operated manually, unlike a power loom

Lampas: A figured fabric with a background weft, usually in taffeta or twill (a second binding warp is necessary)

Lea: Threads which have not been put on a bobbin