Fabrictionary

Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

RE.VERSO \ri-ˈvərs-ō\ n. 1: A traceable, Italian-made luxury textile derived from pre-consumer recycled fibers, primarily wool, and other factory surplus. 2: Part of a collaborative…

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Bacx: A Line of Traceable Eco-Silks Derived From Recycled, Scrap Fibers

BACX \ˈbaks\ n. 1: A line of sustainably produced, “next generation” silks made in Italy by Centro Seta. 2: Comprises three main collections—the full-textured…

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Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

BOTANICALDYE BY COLOR BALL \bə-ˈta-ni-kəl-ˈdī ˈbī ˈkə-lər ˈbȯl\ n 1 a: A line of “environmentally sensitive” lyocell, organic cotton, and organic bamboo yarns…

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Plastex: A Novel Fabric Woven From Discarded Plastic Bags

PLASTEX \ˈplas-tek\ n. 1 a: A one-of-a-kind woven textile derived from discarded plastic bags. b: Made on traditional Egyptian hand looms. c: A pathway to reviving the endangered art…

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Re:newcell is a Fabric Derived From Recycled Cellulosic, Cotton Fibers

RE:NEWCELL \ri-ˈnü-ˈsel\ n. 1 a: A breakthrough method of “regenerating” high-quality textiles from used cotton and cellulosic fibers (such as viscose and lyocell). b:…

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Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From Plants

Photo by Shutterstock BIO-BASED LYCRA \’bī-(ˌ)ō-’bāst-’līkrô’\ n 1 a: Developed by Invista, a version of Lycra composed of at least 70 percent…

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Could Mohair Supplant Cashmere's Place in the Luxury Industry?

Photo by Shutterstock MOHAIR \ˈmōˌhe(ə)r\ n 1: A luxurious, all-natural fiber made from the curly locks of the angora goat. 2: The focus of a recent summit in the town of…

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Ioncell-F: A Wood-Cellulose Textile Fiber Derived From Ionic Liquids

IONCELL-F \’īən sel-f’\ n 1 a:  A sticky material made from a mixture of plant material and ionic liquid, known for its strong bonds, that is transformed through a…

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Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

COOL WOOL \’ko͞ol wul’\ n 1 a: A natural, lightweight fabric created from Australian merino sheep wool using advanced processing techniques. b. A fine-gauge wool that…

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Biowool: A Tough Shell-Like Fiber Derived From Bioresin, Waste Wool

BIOWOOL /’bīō wul’/ n 1 a: Composite material currently in trial development made from bio-resin and carded wool waste fiber from the carpet industry. b. Application…

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Alcantara: A Carbon-Neutral Faux-Leather Fabric From Italy

ALCANTARA \ˈal kan tära\ n 1 a: A certified-carbon-neutral fabric with the versatility to be used in fashion, automotive, interior decor, and consumer electronics application. b. A…

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Precious Surface: A Technology that Embeds 24-Karat Gold Into Fabrics

PRECIOUS SURFACE \ˈpreshəs ˈsərfis\ n 1 a: A patented infusion technology that deposits 24kt gold into leather, silk, or fur, leaving the material texture unchanged. b: A…

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Varanasi Silk: A Hand-Loomed Jacquard That Revives an Ancient Tradition

VARANASI SILK \ˈväranasi ˈsilk\ n 1 a: An intricate jacquard fabric woven by artisans in Varanasi, India, using foot-powered looms. b: Based on a 500-year-old tradition that has…

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Orange Fiber: A High-Fashion Textile Derived From Citrus Waste

ORANGE FIBER \ˈôrənj ˈfībər\ n 1 a: A textile fiber made by extracting cellulose from citrus fruits. b: Said to release vitamins A, C, and E upon contact with skin, a result of…

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Palm Leather: A Vegan Textile With the Same Properties as Animal Hide

PALM LEATHER \pä(l)m ˈleT͟Hər\ n 1 a: A sturdy textile created by Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven in the Netherlands using the leaves of the Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens). b:…

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Lotus Fabric: A Natural, Waste-Free Alternative to Waterproof Synthetics

Photo by Samatoa LOTUS FABRIC \lōtəs ˈfabrik\ n 1 a: Hand-woven Cambodian/Burmese textile derived from the discarded stems of the lotus plant (Nelumbo nucifera), an aquatic…

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Zpagetti: A Super-Bulky Yarn Made From Recycled Fabric Remnants

ZPAGETTI \zpə-ˈge-tē\ n. 1 a: A super-bulky yarn, comprising 92 percent cotton and 8 percent elastane, made from the remnants of garment manufacturing. b: Produced by Lion Brand Yarn…

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Kuba: A Congolese Fabric Handwoven From Raffia Leaves

KUBA \kü-bä\ n 1 a: Geometrically patterned cloth traditionally woven from raffia-tree leaves by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. b: Naturally colored fabric…

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