A technique for creating textile surface pattern: acid is selectively applied to a woven fabric in order to dissolve certain fibres, thereby creating ‘see through’ or semi-sheer areas that create the pattern. There are two main ways of using acid etching: the cloth is woven to a given design with two fibres, one which will react to the acid and disappear, leaving the major structure intact with a translucent motif; alternatively, the acid is applied to create a design onto and into the fabric.

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