The note in Woolf’s Orlando says this was a ’twilled or corded dress material made of silk and worsted; in black, it was much used to make mourning clothes.’   For me it is a word that immediately evokes the whole Victorian era and rustling, dark crinolines.

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando, ed. Rachel Bowlby, Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992, p. 225

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