is a lightweight, sheer cotton
fabric having at least two warp
threads thrown into relief to form fine cords. It is a cloth commonly employed for bed upholstery
, and usually white, though sometimes a pattern is printed on it in colors. It is stout in texture, and woven in raised patterns. Originally dimity was made of silk
, but since the 18th century it has been woven almost exclusively of cotton
Dimity is also a fairly uncommon girls' name, which seems to be most prevalent in Australia and New Zealand.
Article of Clothing
A dimity was a bit of draping worn by performers of the Poses Plastiques, which was an early form of strip tease. Performers wore flesh colored silk body stockings and a dimity to give the illusion of modesty.
W.S.Gilbert, in The Pirates of Penzance: (Quote) Prey observe the magnanimity we display to lace and DIMITY, never was such opportunity to be marriedwith impunity., etc.