Brilliantine (fabric)

Brilliantine is a lightweight, mixed-fibre fabric popular from the mid-19th century into the early 20th century. Brilliantine can be plain or twill woven with a wool or mohair weft on a silk or cotton warp.[1]

Brilliantine has a lustrous finish and is known for its dust-shedding properties; it was available in solid colors or printed, and was used for dresses, dusters, and linings.[1][2]


  1. Montgomery, Florence M. (2007). Textiles in America, 1650-1870: a dictionary based on original documents (2nd ed.). W. W. Norton. p. 177. ISBN 0-393-73224-X.
  2. Cole, George S. (1892). A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances. W. B. Conkey company. p. 259. Retrieved 18 April 2010.

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