from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pastime consisting in unraveling pieces of textile material, especially those which have gold or silver thread in their composition.
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They looked upon rare and beautiful embroidery with greedy eyes, and a deplorable fashion sprang up, known in France as "parfilage" and in England as
This company, which devoted hours to the new French diversion of the parfilage, and spent the evenings in drinking lemonade and playing basset for small stakes, found its chief topic of conversation in the only two subjects safely discussed in Turin at that day -- the doings of the aristocracy and of the clergy.