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Woman's jacket
MFA# 2005.1259


Denim shoes
MFA# 2013.688

A sturdy, twill-weave Cotton fabric made with white filling yarns woven into colored warp yarns. Coarse, heavy weight denim has been used to make jeans and overalls since 1853, when Levi Strauss switched from canvas to indigo blue denim for his new bibless overalls. Light weight denim is softer and is used for children's clothing, drapery and upholstery. A variety of denim with blue and white twisted warp yarns and a dark color filling yarn is called covert cloth.

Synonyms and Related Terms

covert cloth; jean cloth ; dril tejano (Esp.); mezclilla (Esp.); denim (Ned); gekeperd katoen (Ned); spijkerstof (Ned);

Resources and Citations

  • 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
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937

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