Silk foulard

A foulard is a lightweight fabric, either twill or plain-woven, made of silk or a mix of silk and cotton. Foulards usually have a small printed design of various colors. Foulard can also refer by metonymy to articles of clothing, such as scarves and neckties, made from this fabric.[1] In men's ties, foulard refers to the pattern rather than the material; it is a small-scale pattern with basic block repeat, also called a set pattern or a tailored pattern.

Foulard is believed to have originated in East Asia. The word comes from the French word foulard, with the same proper and metonymic meanings.[2] In modern French, foulard is the usual word [3] for a neckerchief. In Quebec foulard is also used for scarf (écharpe in France).

Foulard fabric is also used in home décor wall coverings.[4]


  1. ^ foulard – the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia
  2. ^ foulard – Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  3. ^ "What does foulard mean?". Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  4. ^ Rybczynski, Witold (1987). Home: A Short History Of An Idea. USA: Penguin Books. p. 7. ISBN 0140102310.