from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as bafta.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Behind; in the rear; nautical, abaft.
- n. A fine cotton fabric of Oriental manufacture; especially, a plain muslin, of which the Surat manufacture is said to be the best.
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Indian baft, or ten bars of scarlet, which he preferred.
I was sent on shore the next morning with a musket and a sabre, to carry to the chief of the village, also with three pieces of white baft for distribution.
I gave him half a piece of fine white baft, five bottles of powder, two looking-glasses, and two snuff-boxes.
If you speak of a good pistol or sword, or piece of scarlet or baft, or beads or gunpowder, who made them? the white people.
To his first valet one pagne, worth one piece of baft; to his goldsmith four pagnes; to the
Early this morning purchased an ass for a pistol, a baft, and a Mandingo cloth.
I went to that prince, and gave him half a piece of white baft, and two grains of amber No. 1.
We came to before Carmasse, and gave the Chief one piece of baft.
The cloth being again wrung hard, is returned into the pot; and this dipping is repeated four times every day for the first four days; at the end of which period it has in common acquired a blue colour equal to the finest India baft.
At the same time Islamic weavers struggled to produce not the heavy burkhas now worn by their Wahhabi-influenced successors, but ever more transparent and revealing cholis, or blouses, with weaves of wondrous lightness named baft hawa (woven air), ab-e-rawan (running water), and shabnam (evening dew).