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Title: Fichu
Original Title: Fichu
Volume and Page: Vol. 6 (1756), p. 678
Author: Denis Diderot
Translator: Malcolm Eden [University of London, malcolmeden@free.fr]
Subject terms:
Fashion
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Citation (MLA): Diderot, Denis. "Fichu." The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Translated by Malcolm Eden. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2007. Web. [fill in today's date in the form 18 Apr. 2009 and remove square brackets]. <http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.did2222.0000.838>. Trans. of "Fichu," Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, vol. 6. Paris, 1756.
Citation (Chicago): Diderot, Denis. "Fichu." The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Translated by Malcolm Eden. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2007. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.did2222.0000.838 (accessed [fill in today's date in the form April 18, 2009 and remove square brackets]). Originally published as "Fichu," Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 6:678 (Paris, 1756).

Fichu, part of a woman’s underclothing. It is a square or rectangular piece of muslin, or of another white or coloured cloth, or even silk, which is folded in two at the angles and covers the neck. The point of the fichu falls in the middle of the back and covers the shoulders; the extremities are crossed in front and cover the chest; but with white skin, curves, firm flesh and a bosom, even the most innocent peasant woman knows how to let just enough show by arranging the folds of her fichu .