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Gabardine riding habit
MFA# 2018.2313



A durable, tightly woven twill fabric. Gabardine has fine, but distinct, diagonal cords. It is usually made from Cotton, Wool, Silk, Rayon, or Polyester. Gabardine is used for coats, suits, slacks, and skirts. It is also treated with waterproofing and used for raincoats.

Synonyms and Related Terms

gaberdine (Br.); gabercord (Br.); tela de gabardina (Esp.); gabardine (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
  • 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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  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 249
  • 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