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Piqué, or marcella, refers to a weaving style, normally used with cotton yarn, which is characterized by raised parallel cords or fine ribbing. Twilled cotton and corded cotton are close relatives.

The weave is part of white tie, and some accounts even say the fabric was invented specifically for this use. It holds more starch than plain fabric, so produces a stiffer shirt front. Marcella shirts then replaced earlier plain fronts, which remain a valid alternative. Marcella's use then spread to other parts of the dress code and it is now the only fabric used in the tie and waistcoat of white tie. Another use for it is polo shirts.


Pique may refer to:

  • Piqué, a weaving style, as in "piqué cotton"
  • Pique, the 1986 FIFA World Cup mascot
  • Gerard Piqué (born 1987), Spanish footballer
  • Josep Piqué (born 1955), Spanish politician and businessman
  • Marco Piqué (born 1980), Dutch-Surinamese kickboxer
  • Mitchell Piqué (born 1979), Dutch footballer
  • Pique River, a river in Haute-Garonne, France
  • Pique macho, a Bolivian variety of food
  • Pique criollo, a Puerto Rican condiment
  • Pique verde boricua, also a Puerto Rican condiment
  • Tungiasis, a skin parasite, known as "pique" in much of South America
  • Piqué work, a type of jewelry made from tortoiseshell inlaid with gold or silver, popular in the Victorian Era
  • Pique or La Pique, a ship name
  • Pique Newsmagazine, aka The Pique, a magazine in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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