Name comes from Calicut, India. The name was used for both coarse and fine Indian cotton cloth, regardless of whether it was woven with colored checks or stripes, painted or printed. Today, the word generally refers to cottons printed with small scale patterns, especially dress goods.
a closely woven cotton fabric that is used for many construction and craft things. It is a natural cream cotton colour, and frequently has cotton seed husk still in it. It comes in a variety of different weights. One common use is for covering upholstered furniture that will have loose covers. (Americans frequently refer to printed cotton fabrics as ‘calico'.)
cotton cloth imported from India; a plain white cotton fabric that is heavier than muslin; any of various cheap cotton fabrics with figured patterns. Originated in Calcutta, India, and is one of the oldest cottons. Rather coarse and light in weight. Pattern is printed on one side by discharge or resist printing. It is not always fast in colour. Sized for crispness but washes out and requires starch each time. Designs are often geometric in shape, but originally elaborate designs of birds, trees, and flowers. Similar to percale.
The term is used to describe quilt fabrics that are 100% cotton or cotton/polyester blends. At one time, calico pertained to a process of printing designs on a cotton fabric by using a roller. The patterns were usually small florals.
A traditional plain weave cotton fabric popular for quilting which is printed with a small repeated design. The designs are often small florals or leaves. Calico originated in Calicut, India, by the 11th century, or perhaps earlier and in the 17th and 18th centuries calicoes were an important trade item between India and Europe.
Calico is a textile made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton. It may contain unseparated husk parts, for example. The fabric is less coarse and thick than canvas or denim, but owing to its unfinished and undyed appearance, it is still very cheap.
Calico is a type of domesticated goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus). Calico goldfish are usually the following color combinations: red, orange, black, and/or white. This coloration can cover the scales and fins of a goldfish partially or entirely.