A light kind of stuff, somewhat like gauze, much used in mourning. It is made of raw silk, jammed and twisted in the mill, and woven without crossing. Crapes are either crisped or smooth; the first double, expressing a closer mourning; the latter single, used for denoting a less portion of grief. The silk destined for the first is more twisted than that for the second; it being the greater or less degree of twisting, especially of the warp, which produces the crisping given to it: when taken out of the loom, it is steeped in clear water, and rubbed with a piece of wax for that purpose. Crapes are all dyed raw.