Posted by: episystechpubs | April 20, 2018

Editor’s Corner: Worsted Words and Tulle Terms

It’s been a while since I’ve traveled anywhere (okay, about a month), but I already feel that itch to get back on the road. Since I don’t have any trips planned until later this year, I thought we could go for a voyage through language. The following terms for apparel materials are derived from place names. The list is from Daily Writing Tips.

  1. angora: a type of wool from Angora rabbits, which originated near Ankara (previously Angora), Turkey
  2. Bedford cord: a corduroy-like fabric, named after Bedford, England, or New Bedford, Massachusetts
  3. calico: a type of cloth originally from Calicut, India
  4. cambric: a type of cloth originally from Cambrai, France
  5. cashmere: a type of wool and a woolen fabric from Kashmir goats, which come from the Kashmir region of India
  6. chino cloth: a cloth originating in China (the name is Spanish for “Chinese”)
  7. Cordovan leather: a type of shoe leather first produced in Cordoba, Spain
  8. damask: a type of fabric named after Damascus, Syria
  9. denim: a type of fabric originally called serge de Nîmes, or “serge of Nîmes,” after Nîmes, a town in France
  10. dungaree: a type of denim cloth originating in Dongrī, India; pants or overalls made from this fabric are called dungarees
  11. duffel: a cloth first made in Duffel, Belgium
  12. Harris tweed: a type of handwoven tweed cloth originating on the island of Lewis and Harris and adjacent islands in Scotland (the name of the cloth type tweed is coincidental with the name of the river Tweed)
  13. Holland (or Holland cloth): a type of linen originally made in various parts of Europe, including the province of Holland in the Netherlands
  14. jaconet: a fabric originally from Puri, India (the word is derived from the name of the city’s Jagannath Temple)
  15. jean: a type of fabric originating in Genoa, Italy
  16. jersey: a type of knit fabric originating on the island of Jersey, next to France (but a dependency of the United Kingdom)
  17. Mackinaw cloth: a woolen cloth used for thick, warm jackets (called Mackinaws or Macs) originally favored by lumberjacks and then hunters and fishermen in the Mackinac (or Mackinaw) region of Michigan
  18. madras: a lightweight cloth originally from Madras, India (now called Chennai)
  19. muslin: a lightweight fabric originally from Mosul, Iraq
  20. Morocco leather: a type of leather originally from Moroccan goats
  21. nankeen: a type of fabric originating in Nanjing, China (previously called Nanking or Nankin); also refers to pants made of this material, as well as the pale buff or yellow color of the fabric, a type of porcelain originating in the city, and a type of lace (often called nankins) and part of the name of numerous animals and plants featuring this color
  22. osnaburg: a coarse cloth originally made in Osnabrück, Germany
  23. suede: a type of leather made from the underside of animal skins, originally referenced in the French phrase gants de Suède (“gloves from Sweden”); similar-looking fabrics are referred to as “sueded silk” and so on
  24. tulle: a type of fabric originating in Tulle, France
  25. worsted: a type of wool whose name is derived from that of Worstead, one of the villages from which it originated; also, the name of a type of yarn and a category of yarn weight

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