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Cloth designed with patterns or holes in it

batik

noun

cloth that has a design created using the batik method

brocade

noun

expensive thick cloth with a pattern woven into it

damask

noun

a thick heavy cloth with a pattern woven into it, used for making things such as drapes and covers for furniture

gauze

noun

thin white material with holes in that is used especially for making curtains

lace

noun

light delicate cloth with patterns of small holes in it

mesh

noun

a piece of material like a net, made from a lot of closely connected wires, strings, etc.

net

noun

material made of string or rope woven into a loose pattern with spaces in it, or a piece of this

netting

noun

material made of string or rope woven into a loose pattern with spaces in it

pinstripe

noun

cloth with thin lines woven into it, used especially for business suits

plaid

noun

a type of cloth that has a pattern of squares, especially one that is traditional in Scotland

print

noun

a piece of clothing or cloth with a pattern printed on it

quilting

noun

cloth made by sewing several layers together or by filling two layers with feathers or a similar substance

tartan

noun

cloth or clothes with a tartan pattern

voile

noun

a very thin light cloth used for making curtains

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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