- MenkuduSee Morinda citrifolia.
- Metal ThreadsSee metallic yarns.
- Metallic-wrapped thread
Contrary to myth, gold and silver cannot be spun, and they are generally too precious and heavy to be woven. Frequently, the glint of gold or silver that embellishes many traditional textiles is a silk or linen yarn that has been wrapped with thin strips of metal.
- Metallic Yarns, Metallised Threads, Metal ThreadsYarns, usually silver or gold in color, that appear to be made of metal. They are usually produced by applying gold or silver leaf on a paper substrate that is sliced into thin strips and wound around a core of silk or ramie fiber. Additional variants include pure metal lamellae or wire wound around fiber cores or used directly in a textile.
- MicaA shiny mineral that cleaves into thin, flat plates. Used for decorating textiles in some areas, a precursor to the use of commercial sequins or glass.
- Mirror Work
Thin pieces of mirror glass, often lead-backed, or slivers of mica, are sewn onto a base fabric using a framework of stitches.
- MoietyA subgrouping with an ethnic group, based on kinship.
- MordantA chemical substance, which when combined with a dye, causes the colour substance to bind to the fabric. Mordants are essential for most dyes used on cotton and other cellulose fibers (with the notable exception of indigo) since dyes bind poorly to cellulose on their own. This fact can be exploited to make patterns on textiles by painting or printing the mordant onto the surface before dyeing.
- Mordant painting and printing
Many of the Indian cotton textiles traded to Indonesia were decorated by a technique in which mordants, the chemicals that fix the dyes, were applied to the surface of the cloth before dyeing. In this process, the application of chemically different liquid mordants – either with a series of carved wooden blocks or a slim pen-like instrument – resulted in design elements of different colours appearing when combined with the same dye substance. The famous Indian natural alizarine red dyes used in this process were renowned for their colourfastness and brilliant colours. In some examples, block-printed iron oxide mordants created black dyes and potassium oxide led to bright red colour, whilst other substances and combinations resulted in browns and purples.
- Morinda Citrifolia(Mengkudu in Indonesian, Engkudu Iban) an important red dye, used throughout the Indonesian archipelago, producing shades ranging from red-browns to true reds on cotton fibers. Morinda is used in combination with oil-based mordants, and the mordanting and dyeing process must be repeated, often ten to twenty times, to build up dark, rich shades. It is rarely used on silk since it tends to produce an unattractive brown shade on this fiber. Silk is usually dyed with sappanwood or lac to produce shades of red.
- Multi-Heddle Patterning SystemA system in which warp lifts for patterning are recorded on multiple simple heddles, each heddle recording the warp lifts for one weft insertion (compare complex pattern heddle).