Terminology Relating to Mens Clothing Manufacturers
Men's suits, jackets, pants and shirts are manufactured from a variety of textiles, both natural and synthetic. Here are a few examples of fabrics commonly used in the manufacturing of men's apparel:
Alpaca Wool: A hypoallergenic wool fabric from the fleece of the alpaca. It is commonly used in hats, mittens, scarves and sweaters. Generally softer and warmer than sheep's wool.
Camel Hair: Camel hair is a specialty hair fiber typically blended with other fibers when used for jackets, shirts and blazers. Pure camel hair, which is collected from camels after they have molted, is used for coats. It is a very warm yet light fabric.
Gaberdine: A thick, tightly woven fabric made from either worsted wool, cotton or textured polyester. Gaberdine is used for heavy overcoats, suits and uniforms. It was invented by Thomas Burberry, who founded the Burberry fashion house.
Mohair: A textile made from the wool of the Angora goat. It is one of the oldest textiles and it is used for suits, sweaters, winter hats, scarves and socks. It is also used as a fur substitute and is often used as doll's hair because of its silky texture.
Poplin: A fabric traditionally woven from a silk warp and a worsted yarn weft, which gave it a deep luster. Today, it is commonly woven from cotton, silk, wool or rayon. It is used in dress shirts.
Seersucker: A light weight cotton fabric woven in a slack-tension weave that causes the fabric to bunch and wrinkle. The puckered texture of the fabric eliminates the need for pressing, and also produces a cooling effect, because the material stands away from the skin. It is used in summer suits, pants, shirts and robes.
Vicuna Wool: An extremely fine and soft wool, shorn from the vicuna, which is a wild relative of the llama. It is a very expensive wool because the vicuna only produces one pound of wool per year.
Worsted: A type of yarn with straight, parallel fibers. It is commonly made from long fiber wool, but can be spun from other long fibers.