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Definition of Gabardine


US English version

Fibre: Worsted cotton, rayon, or mixtures.

Weave: Steep twill (63 degrees).

Characteristics: A smooth durable twill-woven cloth esp. of worsted, spun rayon or cotton. Clear finish, tightly woven, firm, durable, rather lustrous. Can be given a dull finish. Has single diagonal lines on the face, raised twill. Wears extremely well. Also comes in various weights. Inclined to shine with wear. Hard to press properly.

Uses: Men's and women's tailored suits, coats, raincoats, uniforms, and men's shirts.



Derivation: Old French gauvardine, perhaps from Middle High German wallevart ‘pilgrimage’

Definition of Gabardine


UK English version

Fiber: Worsted cotton, rayon, or mixtures.

Weave: Steep twill (63 degrees).

Characteristics: A smooth durable twill-woven cloth esp. of worsted, spun rayon or cotton. Clear finish, tightly woven, firm, durable, rather lustrous. Can be given a dull finish. Has single diagonal lines on the face, raised twill. Wears extremely well. Also comes in various weights. Inclined to shine with wear. Hard to press properly.

Uses: Men's and women's tailored suits, coats, raincoats, uniforms, and men's shirts.



Derivation: Old French gauvardine, perhaps from Middle High German wallevart ‘pilgrimage’



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