The name refers to the city of Laon (lah-onh’), in northern France, where this type of cloth was first manufactured. Lawn is a lightweight cloth made with fine, smooth yarns that are woven in a high count, which means there is a high number of yarns or threads to a square inch. The result is a sheer, smooth fabric; it is usually given a crisp finish and may be dyed or printed. A fabric with an airy feel, lawn is a lovely choice for a summer dress or blouse. The wisteria cotton lawn print we chose may be machine washed and if promptly hung on a hanger and smoothed with the hand, needs little pressing.