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.
Melange (Ma-Lonzh'). A term derived from the French, signifying a "mixture." In the dry goods trade melange is usually applied to dress fabrics of a black and white color mixture. There is also a variety of dress fabric, of French manufacture, woven with a cotton warp and woolen weft, termed melange.