Fabric Pattern Names: Vishi, Milflear, Polka dot and others

Many details take part in the creation of the collection and looks: shape, texture of the material, color scheme and, of course, ornament.

Even unintended in “all this fashion” man will know what a polka dot, a check and a stripe are and how it looks. But only few can know the patterns varieties and ornaments.

We are going to tell and show you some of the prints that you’ve heard about but didn’t know what they were.

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A long time ago, fresh flowers were attached to a plain fabric for beauty’s sake. Upon reflection it was decided to weave them, after much more deliberation they were decided to be drawn. A little bit of flowers and the milflear is ready. Milflear (from the French mile-fleurs – a “thousand flowers”) is a type of print with a monochrome background studded with a variety of flowers and floral motifs.



“Indian or Turkish cucumber” is a pattern, the main element of which resembles a drop or a curved leaf.  Under one version, it is considered an oriental motif, according to another  – Scottish. The pattern was gifted with a second breath by the hippies who admired it a lot, and later, in 1968, the dodger Giolamo Etro made it the hallmark of his fashion house.


Arabesque is any oriental print with ornate lines, geometric and floral ornaments. The brand Balmain has a special love for this pattern.


The Oxford stripe

A classic blue and white stripe, which has become a basis of men’s wardrobe.The strip itself has nothing to do with Oxford. It got it’s name because of a special fabric from which  shirts of an innovative cut were sewn, but this is a completely different story….

The oxford stripe


The Vichy check was invented in 1850 in a French town, from which it took it’s name. This is two-color check created from perpendicular equally wide stripes. One of the colors are white.

Brigitte Bardot made a an actual “checkered revolution” by wearing a Vichy dress to her wedding. That’s where it all started…


Polka dot

The pea print has been given the international name – Polka dot. The mid-19th century marked a frenzied fascination with the polka dance. Czech folk dance was so popular that the word “polka” was added to almost everything: names of dishes, hats and shops. This was often done to raise sales, especially in case of polka dot clothes.

Polka dot


The term “tie-dye” appeared at the turn of 60s and 70s of the 20th century when hippies began, indeed, to tie and dye their clothes.

It is currently fashionable print, which is derived by knotty dyeing of the fabric.



Maeander is one of the kind of ornament that is found on ancient historical monuments.It consist of combinations of right angles made by a single straight line. Greek maeanders are found in almost every Versace collections. The young Gianni Versace was fascinated by Ancient Greece



Originally Moire is a dense silk fabric with streaks. Here, the focus is on ripples, wavy lines and such effects produced by overlapping two or more simple prints, for example, two different kinds of stripes.