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A plain-weave, medium-weight fabric made of cotton or cotton and polyester.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a fine cotton fabric with a close weave. Percale, an industrial fabric, is produced with an unpolished finish. It is used in the production of parachutes, by the chemical industry, and in the manufacture of textolite (a fabric dipped in a synthetic resin). Certain types of percale are used in making summer dresses and blouses.

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Beaudesert's fabrics are inspired by traditional French designs -Fritillaria costs pounds 59a metre on French percale and pounds 75on silk taffeta.
Fritillaria has scattered pink blooms on a white background, and is in French percale, pounds 59 a metre or silk taffetta pounds 75 a metre.
Choose, she says, between the crisp smoothness of percale or the silky softness and sheen of sateen or a cotton-rich, easy care cotton/poly percale blend.
At the market this past February, it debuted two collections of bed linens, a 700-thread-count Egyptian sateen and a 464 thread-count Egyptian percale, a new category for the American market.
Fabrics can be percale or sateen with thread counts ranging from an exceptionally soft 200 (Violette and Genet) to a gossamer-fine 500 (Etoile).
Yves Delorme of Paris' new Bleuet pattern features delicate flowers on crisp white Egyptian combed cotton percale. Pillowcases feature hand embroidery.
The key feature of the new collection is relaxed luxury - soft designs in linen, satin or percale complemented with stripes and florals.
Hepburn bedlinen in polyester cotton percale patchwork, available in natural, bluebell or lavender, priced from pounds 25 for a double fitted sheet, from McCord Design by Mail.
Flannel is a cotton fabric that is brushed on one side for warmth and extra softness; percale is a finely woven, smooth fabric (all cotton or a blend) with a minimum thread count of 180.
Available from thewool Patternology Bird Cotbed Quilt WITH a bird print on one side and ditsy spots on the other, this reversible cotton percale quilt is soft next to delicate skin.
SHEILA WILSON: If you're willing to try polycotton, John Lewis's percale sheets come in all sizes and every colour of the rainbow.
Their top-of-the-range natural cotton quilted mattress protector has an outer casing in cotton percale and a pure cotton filling.