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.
Laine Elastic. A light weight woolen dress fabric, dyed a dull black, used generally for mourning purposes. They are woven in several designs, one description having the appearance of crape cloth; another has a corded check and running square, is semi-transparent and of the character of grenadine; a third is woven with a very much smaller check and of closer make, the check being scarcely perceptible unless closely inspected. The same fabrics in France are called Armure Victoria.