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.
Shawl Material. A brocaded fabric of silk and wool, used for dresses and portions of dresses by women. The material is soft and flexible and is usually woven in designs of Oriental character, or in patterns similar to those seen in Brocha and Paisley shawls.