Soft Surroundings
Glossary Of Terms

Elastane: Elastane fibers, better known under their trade names, Lycra and Dorlastan, represent a further high point in the development of man-made fibers. Elastane fibres can be stretched from four to seven times their length, reverting to their original length when the tension is relaxed. Elastane has the highest stretch tension of all textile raw materials.

Elastene: See definition for Elastane.

Empire Waist: From the court of Empress Josephine, a seam line placed under the bust, but above the natural waist.

Espadrille: A (traditionally) canvas shoe with robe trim or wedge on a rubber sole.

Euro Sham: A sham made to fit a Euro (26" square) pillow.

Eyelet: A small opening, usually reinforced with stitching.

Eyelet Lace: A cutwork and embroidery lace pattern.