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Fiddle with corduroy sides
MFA# 1981.777a-b
19th c. corduroy fragment
MFA# 98.1766i


A durable cut-pile fabric with ridges parallel to the selvage. Corduroy is usually made of Cotton with a Plain weave or Twill weave foundation. It is used for making pants, skirts, coats, and children's play clothes. The term corduroy originated in 18th century England where it referred to the woolen fabric worn by the king.

Synonyms and Related Terms

corded velveteen; king's cord; corde du roi (Fr.); velours côtelé (Fr.); pana (Esp.); Corduroy (koordfluweel of ripsfluweel) (Ned)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 846
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • 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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