A sturdy warp-faced fabric with pronounced crosswise ribs formed by bulky, coarse, plied yarns or rubber thread. Filling is not discernible on back or face of goods. Originating in Bengal, India, it is used mainly in coatings, swimsuits, mourning ensembles and women’s head-wear. A fine weave fabric makes it excellent for dresses, suits, linings because it drapes and tailors well. Also used for handbags.