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.
Peau De Soie (Po'-De-Soa). [From French peau, leather, and soie, silk - signifying a silk with a fine, even grain or leather-like surface] A silk dress fabric, woven like ordinary gross-grain, but with a rib so fine and close as to produce a face very similar to a plain-woven fabric. The best grades of peau de soie are finished on both sides exactly alike, but the cheaper qualities are single-faced. The peau de soie so much in vogue in recent years is but the "paduasoy" in which Martha Washington and her compeers of colonial days delighted to adorn themselves. The weave is the same, though the title has been slightly altered. [See Paduasoy]