Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Nankeen, a kind of cotton cloth made at Nankin in China, whence its name. Its peculiar yellow tint belongs to the cotton itself. In the earlier half of the 19th century clothing made of nankeen was much in vogue in England, and cloths bearing a strong resemblance to the genuine stuff were manufactured in most European countries. The name is now used in a more extended sense.