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Bear and Duck - Linens and fabrics terms
Category: General technical and industrial > Linen and fabric
Date & country: 12/04/2012, UK
Words: 11


Egyptian cotton
Regarded as the finest grade of cotton with extra-long fibres, it results in an exceptionally soft and luxurious fabric. Egyptian cotton generates less lint and is more durable than other cottons. We heart Egyptian cotton.

Hand
The way the fabric feels when touched. Terms like softness, silkiness and crispness are all terms that describe the

Modal
A category of manufactured fibres known for their strength. The fabric retains its shape well.

Percale
high-quality close-textured woven cotton with a minimum thread count of 180 threads per square inch.

Pile
During the weaving process, tension in the warp is altered to create loops in the fabric.

Pima cotton
Previously called American-Egyptian, this is a high-quality hybrid of Egyptian cotton and cotton grown in the Southwestern USA. The cotton is exceptionally soft and the fibres are strong and firm.

Polyester
The most common polyester for fibre purposes is polyethylene terphthalate, or PET. It is a strong synthetic fibre that resists shrinking, stretching, mildew, abrasion and wrinkling. It washes easily and dries quickly. It is also used to make plastic soft drink bottles.

Sateen
The cotton fabric is woven so that the surface is smooth and the finish lustrous, resembling satin. Bear & Duck

Thread count
The higher the thread count, the softer the hand or feel of the sheet, and the more pill-resistant it will be.

Warp
The cotton that runs lengthwise in a woven fabric. The warp is stronger and denser than the weft (crosswise) yarns.

Weft
The horizontal (crosswise) threads that intersect the warp (lengthwise) threads in a woven fabric. This direction of the fabric has more stretch than the warp but less than the bias.