A usefull fabrics dictionary

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According to the fashion forecast, we have a plaid-full summer ahead of us. But before you go into your closet to fish out your favorite plaid piece, here’s a little bit about the patterned fabric that we love so much.

The first type of plaid fabric is the Calico. This fabric is a plain-woven textile made from unbleached and often not fully processed cotton. It is so natural that it may still contain unseparated husk parts. The fabric is less coarse and thick than canvas or denim, but it is still very cheap owing to its unfinished and undyed appearance.

Calico originated in Kozhikode (also known as Calicut)) in southwestern India during the 11th century, made by the traditional weavers called cāliyans.  

The fabric was originally from the city of Kozhikode (known by the English as Calicut) in southwestern India, made by the traditional weavers called cāliyans. The fabric that became popular in Europe around the 17th Century was dyed and printed in bright hues. The plaid effect is caused by the difference in thickness and density of the string when they are woven.

The second type is the Gingham, a plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn. This fabric undergoes a process of combing with a fine brush, and there is no difference between the sides of the fabric.

The third and final plaid fabric is the Madras, a lightweight cotton plaid fabric that originated in India. Traders that arrived to India in the 1600’s purchased these fabrics that are known today as a Scottish plaid design.

These plaids, used primarily for summer clothing such as pants, shorts, dresses, and jackets can be found in many variations including plaid prints.Here in Co.Co the plaid is still on it’s way. In the meantime, we invite you to check out our Midtown “Pipeta Trousers!”

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