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A soft, slightly napped fabric made of Wool or Cotton. A medium weight twill weave flannel may be made into shirts, jackets, or trousers, while a lighter weight, often plain weave flannel, is used for children's sleepwear, sheets and undergarments. Flannel may be napped on one or both sides, while a similar fabric, flannelette is only napped on one side.

Synonyms and Related Terms

flannelette; Flanell (Deut., Sven.); flanela; (Pol.); franela (Esp.); (flanellen) doekje; flanel, katoenflanel; flanellen kleding (Ned);

Physical and Chemical Properties

If fibers are too short, cotton flannel may shed or pill.

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
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Website: www.fabrics.net (Accessed Sept. 1, 2001)
  • 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

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