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.
Empress Cloth. [So called on account of the weave having been originated for, and worn first by the Empress Eugenia, of France]. A variety of dress fabric, medium heavy, with a finely repped or corded surface, frequently with a cashmere or sateen twill on the opposite side; also called Biretz and electoral cloth.