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Wool Broadcloth

Wool Broadcloth

 

A fine, soft, closely woven woolen fabric with a napped face, made in a plain or twill weave. The face is napped in one direction; it is smooth and rich looking, and better qualities have a glossy, velvety feel.

 

Wool Flannel

Wool Flannel

 

In the mid-nineteenth century, used to describe a woolen fabric slightly napped on both sides. Used for men’s vests and shawls.

 

 

Wool Challis

Wool Challis

 

A soft, lightweight worsted cloth made with a plain weave. May be dyed or printed. It is usually made from wool, but may also be made from cotton or other hair fibers.

 

Wool, Sheer

Wool, Sheer

 

 

 

 

Tropical Wool

Tropical Wool

 

Yarn or cloth made from wool yarn that has been carded and combed, leaving only the longest fibers aligned. Has a smooth silky surface.