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Hooded cloak
MFA# 99.684.16


A closely woven fabric made from Cotton, Polyester, Rayon, Silk, or fiber blends. Broadcloth has a soft, shiny finish and a plain weave with a crosswise rib. Originally made in Great Britain in the 1920s, broadcloth referred to a shirting fabric made on a loom wider than 27 inches. The name broadcloth has also been used for a fine, soft, dense Wool fabric with a napped face and twill back.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tejido ancho de estambre (Esp.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Has at least 60 filling yarns to the inch.

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Resources and Citations

  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996 Comment: wider than 27 inches
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990 Comment: wider than 29 inches
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 878
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
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