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Illustration of shoddy


Recycled wool as defined by the US Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939. Shoddy is composed of wool fibers obtained from either new rags and table clippings or from worn garments. Fibers from worn garments are weaker than the new fibers. Shoddy can also refer to recycled rubber or leather. Mungo is a poor quality type of reworked wool with shorter fibers than shoddy.

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Synonyms and Related Terms

sackcloth; reclaimed wool (Br.); recycled wool (U.S.); reused wool; mungo; lana reutilizada (Esp.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
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