A reversible, self-patterned fabric produced from silk, wool, linen, cotton, or man-made fibers. Different weave structures in the warp and weft (to be discussed later) create patterns by reflecting light. First produced in China, its production spread westwards through India and Persia, but was named after the Syrian city of Damascus in the 12th century due to the beauty of the designs produced there.
Example of usage:
|Oscar de la Renta, FW 2011|
Credit: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design, Ambrose & Harris