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.
Mohair. Mohair, Brilliantine and Sicillian are dress fabrics having the same organization and construction. They are each woven with cotton warp and a mohair or alpaca weft. Brilliantine is the finest, woven the closest, and presents the brightest and most lustrous surface. Mohair is a grade lower than brilliantine, while Sicillian is distinguishhd by being a somewhat heavier and stouter fabric than either of the others. Mohair fiber in all textile goods is conducive to wiry strength as well as desirable beauty, and fabrics composed of it are esteemed for their dust-defying quality, which fits them especially for traveling purposes. These fabrics are frequently printed with attractive floral designs after the manner and style of challis and printed silks.