A plain weave cloth that can be very fine or coarse and made of cotton, linen, jute or hessian, used for stiffening pelmets, curtain headings, book binding and in cartonnage. Millinery buckram and some pelmet buckrams are impregnated with glue so that when it is wetted, the buckram softens and can be manipulated and moulded over a form, in a similar style to papier mâché. Use to make unusual shapes to fire your imagination–lampshades, tiebacks and pelmets.

In the middle ages, ‘bokeram’ was a fine cotton cloth that may have become tailors’ and upholsterers’ interfacings.


See: workroom materials




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