Friday, December 23, 2011

Fabrics and Materials

Have you ever wonder when you saw a piece of clothing, shirt for example, with names like flannel, gingham, or even seersucker? Or jacket with names like fleece, corduroy, or tweed? What do they mean? They actually refer to the material or fabric of that particular clothing, which sometimes of what they tried to mimic. There are many types of fabrics and materials used in clothes and shoes. Here, I will try to introduce a few, the more common ones (but not as common as cotton, denim and polyester) to you. Have fun browsing :)

Durable fabric used on trousers and jackets, one of my least like fabric.

Heavy-duty plain-woven fabric used for shoes, bags and jackets.

Fine textured wool, provides good insulation.

Defined as "a fine lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp", I treat it as a lightweight denim.

Often mistaken with chino, the way I separate them is by the textile; khaki is usually coarser and heavier.

Flannel usually made of thicker wool or cotton into plaid patterns.

Gingham usually made of fine weaves, thus thinner than flannel.

A fabric made of soft woolly deep pile.  

(Left to right) Ribbed appearance, Lanvin grosgrain collar shirt.

A common material used on most shirts and trousers.

Lacquering of leather (Japanning) to high-gloss, shiny finish. 

Leather with napped finish, usually from the back of animal skin. My favourite fabric for a pair of shoes.

Very thin, puckered fabric usually used in summer.

Rough, unfinished woolen fabric, (left to right) Prince of Wales, Herringbone, and Harris.

That's all for the fabrics and materials. Hope you learned something new. Au revoir!

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