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.
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.