FABRICS FAQ : textile glossary


Fiber / Yarn Related Terms begin with 'T'

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terry cloth

A pile fabric (usually cotton) with uncut loops on both sides; extremely water absorbent and used to make bath towels and bath robes.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Textile Glossary by Marvin Klapper

textile

Any fiber or yarn, natural or man-made, or any fabric made from these materials.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Midwest Decorative Fabrics Association Textile Resources Directory, 1990

textured

A generic term for a variety of bulked, loopy or crimped yarns that have greater volume and surface interest.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Textile Glossary by Marvin Klapper

thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)

A type of polyurethane with notable strength and elasticity that is also less flammable compared to other polyurethane fabrics.
CATEGORY : Fiber, Green
SOURCE :     Brentano, Inc.

toile

A French term for a sheer fabric such as linen or cotton.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Textile Glossary by Marvin Klapper

Trevira CS

A type a polyester yarn that is inherently flame retardant.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Trevira CS Website

tulle

A fine, often starched net of silk, rayon or nylon, used especially for veils, tutus or gowns.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Textile Glossary by Marvin Klapper

tussah

General term for uncultivated or wild silk, specifically referencing the silk filaments from the tussah worms of India or China. Filaments are coarser, crisper, stronger, more irregular and brownish in color compared to cultivated silk.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Textile Glossary by Marvin Klapper

twill

A weave with diagonal ribs. Diagonals may be set at sharp blunt angles, embedded or raised. Important types of twills are flannels, serges, gabardines and surahs.
CATEGORY : Fiber
SOURCE :     Textile Glossary by Marvin Klapper