This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Chenille (She-Neel' ). [French for "caterpillar."] A beautiful description of cord used for embroidery and decorative purposes. The name denotes the appearance of the material, which somewhat resembles the hairy caterpillar. Chenille cord is usually made of silk, though sometimes of silk and wool, and for cheap fringes of wool alone.