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What is grosgrain silk?
“Grosgrain” is commonly used to refer to a heavy, stiff ribbon of silk or nylon woven via taffeta weave using a heavy weft, which results in distinct transverse ribs. Historically, grosgrain was made from wool, silk, or a combination of fibers such as silk and wool or silk and mohair.
From Wikipedia – who knew that the term grog (booze) originated from grosgrain?
Grosgrain is both a direct French loan word and a folk corruption of the French word grogram. Grogram, originally gros gram (appeared in literature in 1562), is defined as a coarse, loosely woven fabric of silk, silk and mohair, or silk and wool. The adjective gros means thick or coarse, originally from the Old French gros, itself derived from the Latin grossus. Grain is derived from Old French graine, itself derived from the Latin grana (plural of granum) – seed or in some contexts texture.
Thus gros gram, grogram and grosgrain are all one and the same: a large grain – hence coarse – texture fabric.
The term grog, meaning alcohol, is related to the term grogram. In the 1740s, Admiral Edward Vernon, who was known as “Old Grog” because of the grogram cloak he wore, introduced the rum ration in the British Royal Navy. It is from his attire that the naval term grog is derived.