Small triangular shawl, worn on the shoulders or around the neck and knotted or held with a brooch in front. Very fashionable in the 18th century, when they were used to decorate fashionably deep décolleté. Usually white or ecru, fichus were generally made of silk, lace or batiste. Fichus enjoyed a mini-renaissance in the 1980s when designer Christian Lacroix freely interpreted them in dresses inspired by his native Provence.