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Classic and Modern Fabrics

The Complete Illustrated Sourcebook

Janet Wilson


'Practically an encyclopedia … seemingly documents every fabric ever created' Cool Hunting


This authoritative guide covers all the major fabric types in circulation today, from abbot cloth to zibeline. More than 600 of the most important examples are illustrated and described in clear and accessible language, from classic tweeds to state-of-the-art nano fabrics.

Each entry includes a brief definition, informative details on construction and a list of end uses. Colour illustrations show the fabrics' texture and other defining characteristics at a glance, while helpful diagrams explain the structure of the most important types.

As technologies change, it is vital that both our skills and our textile vocabulary are kept alive. Although the book's focus is on fabrics in current use, it also covers obscure or obsolete terms that one might come across. An extensive cross-referencing system and a thorough glossary and bibliography ensure that Classic and Modern Fabrics will become the definitive work of reference for students, designers, textile historians and manufacturers everywhere.

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'Definitive … this work will prove itself invaluable to a whole range of users such as design students, teachers, designers and historians'
Sew Today

'You’ll find more than dry detail and typical usage … a valuable addition to any textile bookshelf'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: 834

Publication date: 10 May 2010

ISBN: 9780500515075

Contents List

Introduction • Notes to the reader • A–Z of fabrics • List of references

About the Author

Janet Wilson is an associate lecturer at the London College of Fashion. She has worked as a textile designer and continues to design fabrics on a freelance basis.