Contract Textile Terms Glossary
The "feel" of a fabric when handled. Factors that may contribute to the hand of a fabric include content, weight, construction, and finishing processes.
A fabric woven on either a hand- or hand- and foot-powered loom. Such fabrics often have a unique character that can rarely be duplicated on a power loom.
The process of taking a material and exposing it to a certain temperature for a specific period of time to set and better control the dimensional stability of the fabric.
A blend of stock-dyed colored fibers used to create a multicolored or multi-toned effect, most often in woolens.
"Water loving" materials that absorb water readily. Examples of hydrophilic fibers include cotton and rayon.
"Water hating" materials resist the absorption of water. Examples of hydrophobic fibers include polyester and olefin.