Dimity is a thin cotton, plain weave fabric that is woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn. Dimity is woven with a crosswise or lenghtwise spaced rib or crossbar effect. It can be a thin sheer with corded spaced stripes that can have single, double or triple grouping. Dimity commionly has a crisp texture which remains fairly well after washing. Resembles another popular 19th century pabric, lawn, in white. It is commonly regarded as easy to sew and manipulate and launders well. May be bleached, dyed, or printed. The most common print was a small rose-bud design. It is mercerized and has a soft lustre. Commonly used for children's dresses, women's dresses, and blouses, infant's wear, collar and cuff sets, basinettes, bedspreads, curtains, underwear. Often considered as having a very young look.
Dimity is a lightweight, sheer cotton fabric having at least two warp threads thrown into relief to form fine cords. It is a cloth commonly employed for bed upholstery and curtains, and usually white, though sometimes a pattern is printed on it in colors. It is stout in texture, and woven in raised patterns.