Fun Fabric Facts!

Think you’re a bit of a fabric expert, eh? Today we’re putting that ego to the test with our fun facts about fabrics! If you’re here from our Facebook post, be sure to let us know how many you already knew on our page.

Fabric Facts!

The most commonly-used textile in the world? Cotton. It dates back to 3000 B.C. in Egypt.

There are 25 different varieties of cotton.

However, the fabric that rates highest in cleaning and stain-resistance? Polyester

Linen is actually stronger when it is wet than when it is dry.

The expression “the whole nine yards” does not refer to sports, but to fabric -it took nine yards of fabric to make a man’s business jacket fashionable during that time.

The most expensive fabric to date is vicuña wool with gold woven into it, which retails for a whopping £1,800 per yard.

“Pilling” occurs in garments made with synthetic blends and does not occur in those made from all-natural fibres

Silk comes not from silk worms, but actually from their larvae. The process in which the thread is extracted from the silkworm larvae is called sericulture.

The term “canvas” is derived from the word “cannabis”, also known as hemp, which is what canvas used to be widely made from.

Canvas is most commonly used to make tents, sails and handbags.

The distance from your nose to your fingertips most closely resembles a yard, so you can use that to measure a yard of material if you’re without a tape measure.

Acetate does not wash well, regardless of water temperature.

The earliest recorded use of fabric was in 5000 B.C. with the use of flax to weave linen.

Despite what some of us looked like in the 1970’s, polyester was not the first synthetic fabric. That title goes to rayon, which was invented in 1910, and marketed as “artificial silk”.

Microfibre is 100 times finer than human hair

Bamboo can be used to make yarn, thread and a linen-like fabric

The word “fibre” comes from a Latin phrase meaning “it looks like threads”

There are two types of angora: one from a rabbit and one from a goat (although the goat is commonly referred to as a ‘mohair’)

Both hemp and bamboo have antibacterial qualities

Hemp fibre withstands water better than any other fibre. Acetate, on the other hand, begins to discolour when exposed to even small amounts of water.

The word ‘denim’ is an Americanisation of the French term “serge de Nimes”, which also refers to a fabric.

‘Jeans’ get their name from Italian sailors, or ”genes” who wore cotton work pants as part of their uniform.

The word “dungarees” is one of the few English words that come from Hindi.

More than 200 pairs of jeans can be made from one bale of cotton.

Cotton can hold up to 30 percent of its weight in water.

When Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793, he made it possible to process cotton ten times faster than before, which birthed the textile industry in the United States