, or bombasine
, is a fabric
originally made of silk
or silk and wool
, and now also made of cotton
and wool or of wool alone. Good bombazine is made with a silk warp
and a worsted weft
. It is twilled
and used for dress-material. Black bombazine was once used largely for mourning
wear, but the material had gone out of fashion by the beginning of the 20th century.
The word is derived from the obsolete French bombasin, applied originally to silk but afterwards to tree-silk or cotton. Bombazine is said to have been made in England in Elizabeth I’s reign, and early in the 19th century it was largely made at Norwich.
Bombazine Island is off the Maine coast in Casco Bay.