Definitions for broadclothˈbrɔdˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ; -ˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs
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broad•clothˈbrɔdˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ; -ˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs(n.)(pl.)-cloths
a closely woven fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or a mixture of these, having a soft mercerized finish, used for shirts, dresses, etc.
a woolen or worsted fabric constructed in a plain or twill weave, having a smooth texture and lustrous finish.
Origin of broadcloth:
a densely textured woolen fabric with a lustrous finish
a closely woven silk or synthetic fabric with a narrow crosswise rib
A fine smooth-faced woolen cloth for menu2019s garments, usually of double width (i.e., a yard and a half); -- so called in distinction from woolens three quarters of a yard wide.
a fine smooth-faced woolen cloth for men's garments, usually of double width (i.e., a yard and a half); -- so called in distinction from woolens three quarters of a yard wide
Broadcloth is a dense, plain weave woollen cloth. The defining characteristic of Broadcloth is not its finished width, but the fact that it was woven much wider and then heavily milled in order to reduce it to the required width. The effect of the milling process is to draw the yarns much closer together than could be achieved in the loom and allow the individual fibres of the wool to bind together in a felting process. This results in a dense, blind, face cloth with a stiff drape which is highly weatherproof, hard wearing and capable of taking a cut edge without the need for being hemmed. It was made in several parts of England at the end of the medieval period. The raw material was short staple wool, carded and spun into yarn and then woven on a broad loom to produce cloth 1.75 yards wide. It was then fulled, usually in a fulling mill. When fulled, the fibres of the cloth would felt together, resulting in a smooth surface.
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