A fine, soft cotton fabric, originally from South Asia.
- For an undergarment of this style, nainsook, batiste, long-cloth and cambric are the best materials.
- Nainsook and lawn were made in extra fine, fine and regular cottons with the extra fine nainsook having a silk finish.
- This fabric dates back to seventeenth century India when it was sometimes called nansook, nyansook or nainsook and was thought to give ‘pleasure to the eye’.
Late 18th century: from Hindi nainsukh, from nain 'eye' + sukh 'pleasure'.
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