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.
Doeskin. [So called from the fancied resemblance of the fabric to the skin of a doe, on account of its softness and pliability]. A compact, twilled "woolen" cloth, finished partially felted, with a smooth surface. Doeskin has been extensively used for men's fine pantaloons. The French excel all other nations in the manufacture of this fabric, their product being far superior in make, finish, and coloring to the American doeskins. [See Weaving, Wool, Felting, Teasling, Singeing].