Camlet was a mixed stuff of wool and silk. It was very expensive, and later Pepys gave 24l. for a suit. (See June 1st, 1664.)
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
CAMICA, Camlet, or fine Stuff, made of Camels Hair and Silk.
CAMLET, A kind of stuff made with Wool and Silk
---An Universal Etymological Dictionary. 1675
CAMBLET, or Camlet, a plain stuff, composed of a warp and woof, which is manufactured on a loom, with two treddles, as linens are.
There are camblets of several sorts, some of goats hair, both in the warp and woof; others, in which the warp is of hair, and the woof half hair and half silk; others again, in which both the warp and the woof are of wool; and lastly, some, of which the warp is of wool and the woof of thread. Some are dyed in the thread, others are dyed in the piece, others are marked or mixed; some are striped, some waved or watered, and some figured.
Camblets are proper for several uses, according to their different kinds and qualities: some serve to make garments both for men and women; some for bed curtains; others for houshold furniture, &c.
---The complete dictionary of arts and sciences. T.H. Crocker, 1764.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.