Definitions for nankeenˈnænˈkin; -ˈkɪn
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a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color
a type of cotton cloth originally from Nanking in China.
a species of cloth, of a firm texture, originally brought from China, made of a species of cotton (Gossypium religiosum) that is naturally of a brownish yellow color quite indestructible and permanent
an imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring
trousers made of nankeen
Origin: [So called from its being originally manufactured at Nankin (Nanjing), in China.]
Nankeen, also called Nankeen cloth, is a kind of pale yellowish cloth, originally made at Nanjing from a yellow variety of cotton, but subsequently manufactured from ordinary cotton which is then dyed. Also in the plural a piece or variety of this cloth. The term blue nankeen describes hand-printed fabric of artistic refinement and primitive simplicity, which originated on the Silk Road over three thousand years ago. Hand-carved stencils, originally made from wood but now from heavy paper, are prepared and a mix of soya bean flour and slaked lime is applied through the openings of the stencil onto the 100% cotton fabric. When dry, the fabric is then dipped numerous times into the large tubs containing the indigo dye. After the desired color is achieved and the fabric has dried, the paste is scraped off, revealing the white patterns on the blue cloth. The fabric is then washed, dried, and ironed before fabrication. Such fabric represents one of many fast-disappearing historic art forms which embody ancient Chinese culture and tradition.
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