The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a narrow (40–60 cm), relatively coarse, homespun fabric manufactured with a plain weave of flax yarns. The Russian term is also used for narrow (45–50 cm) linen and semilinen towel fabrics of plain and small-figured weave, produced industrially.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.