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What are some common fabric terms?

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Some common terminology in the fabric industry includes "interfacing," "loft," "merino" and "wickability." Another interesting term is the word "hand," which means the way a fabric feels. "Softness," "silkiness" or "crispness" are words used to describe a particular fabric's hand.

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Interfacing is a fabric that gives shape and reinforcement to the fabric in a sewn product. It frequently comes between the outer fabric and the lining and usually adheres to the fabric by stitching or fusion methods.

The loft of a fabric refers in large part to its thickness. While high loft pertains to a thick and fluffy fabric, low-loft fabrics are thin and dense.

Merino is a type of wool from Merino sheep. Considered superior to all other wool, the finest Merino wool is from Italy.

Wickability is the ability of a fabric to allow moisture to pass through the outer part of a fabric and quickly spread to speed the evaporation process. Fabric with good wickability is preferred for athletic wear.

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