Lingerie is made of lightweight, stretchy, smooth, sheer or decorative fabrics such as silk , satin , Lycra , charmeuse , chiffon or especially and traditionally lace. These fabrics can be made of natural fibres like silk or cotton or of synthetic fibres like polyester or nylon. The word lingerie is a word taken directly from the French language, meaning undergarments, and used exclusively for more lightweight items of female undergarments. So faire le linge , comes to mean "do the laundry". In French the word lingerie applies to all undergarments for either sex.