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1797, from French crêpe, from Old French crespe (14c.), from Latin crispa, fem. of crispus "curled, wrinkled" (see crisp (adj.)). Meaning "small, thin pancake" is from 1877. Crepe paper is first attested 1895.
("crisped," "frizzled," or "wrinkled"), any of a family of fabrics of various constructions and weights but all possessing a crinkled or granular surface achieved through weaving variations, chemical treatment, or embossing. The fabric is usually woven with crepe yarn, a hard-twist yarn produced either with a higher number of twists per inch than ordinary yarn or with alternate "S" and "Z" twists. In the "S" twist the twist of the yarn resembles the centre part of the letter "S"; in the "Z" twist the resemblance is to the centre part of the letter "Z"; these are sometimes referred to as left-hand and right-hand twists. One variation is to leave out certain risers (interlacings of warp over filler threads) present in plain weave in order to increase the float of yarn from one to three (see also weaving).