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.
Estamene (Es'-Ta-Mene'). An all-wool French dress fabric woven similar to serge, but having a rough and nappy surface, and uniformly measuring 25 inches in width. In weather suitable for the wearing of serge, estamene is a fitting substitute, but at the same time is a superior kind of dress material to the former.