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TOILE (twawl)

A sheer fabric, such as linen or cotton.
Common clues: Upholstery fabric;
Curtain fabric; Transparent linen; Transparent cloth; Sheer fabric
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 82976 / 86800
Upholstery Class: How to Upholster a Dining Seat

Toile is a type of decorating pattern, consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as (for example) a couple having a picnic by a lake. The pattern portion consists of a single colour, most often black, dark red, or blue. Greens and magenta toile patterns are less common but not unheard of. Toile is most associated with fabrics (curtains and upholstery in particular), though toile wallpaper is also popular.

Toile originated in France in the 1800s (the word toile means cloth in French). Although it has been continuously produced since then, it experienced a marked upsurge in popularity around the year 2000. Previously only a decorating design, designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned apparel as well.

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