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(pronounced mo-RAY or mwah-RAY)

Many of us in the design industry think of moiré simply as a kind of fabric; however, the term actually refers more to the pattern or effect than the fabric that sports it. A moiré fabric is one having a wavy, rippled, irregular, watered appearance. Fabric manufacturers create moiré with steam heat and pressure, which flattens certain parts of the woven yarns, making them shinier and creating visual contrast. To create your own moiré design, just take two geometrically regular patterns (such as two sets of parallel lines) and superimpose them. Usually, the more acute the cross angle, the more intense the moiré effect. (Don’t get carried away and make yourself dizzy, though!)