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marled cozy yarn A two-tone effect in this soft, fluffy yarn that offers lightweight warmth and comfort.

matte finish A nonshiny low-luster finish given to silver by hand brushing. Because this finish will rub off if polished too much with a soft cloth, polishing paper or rough paper is recommended for use in cleaning.

mesh A woven or knit fabric in nylon or cotton. It’s characterized by tiny holes that give it a "screen" effect that keeps the body cool. The fabric can be solid or printed and used for athletic clothing, sportswear or dressy looks.

metallic leather A pigment consisting of thin, opaque aluminum flakes (made by either milling aluminum foil or a rough metal powder, then polishing it to obtain a flat, brilliant surface on each particle). Copper alloy flakes (known as bronze pigments) are also used. This is coated on top of the leather to produce a smooth, finished leather with a shiny, metallic finish.

microfleece A synthetic knit fabric that has pile on one or both sides. Microfleece is comprised of microfilament fibers that are even finer than silk and make it exceptionally lightweight and soft.

microsuede Despite its synthetic composition, microsuede has the look and hand of genuine suede. It starts with a microdenier yarn (an extremely fine yarn that’s many times finer than human hair) that is woven into microfiber fabric. The fabric is then sueded and run through cylinders with a sandpaper-like surface, creating a napped finish. The result is an extremely soft, easy-care alternative to genuine suede. Microsuede is washable unless otherwise noted.

moonstone An opalescent gem comprised of potassium, aluminum and silicon, with a milky white surface. It’s a form of feldspar (a transparent to opaque mineral with a vitreous to pearly luster), and cut to a cabochon. The best variety has a bluish sheen. More common versions have a white sheen, so called because of its similarity to the reflection of the moon. It comes from Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Australia and Brazil.

mother-of-pearl The iridescent coating on the inside of oyster shells. It is used for jewelry, buttons and accessories. It has been used as decoration since 3000 BC, but it was 15th-century Europeans, during the reign of Elizabeth I, who gave mother-of-pearl its name.