February '13

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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D ictionaries serve as a reference to the terms that define the world. They help us to understand and explain everything around us. For apparel decorators, understanding the lexicon of the products that comprise the industry is crucial in educating customers. It is in this spirit that Printwear pulls together this literal twist on the traditional Oxford American Dictionary to serve as a resource to define the vocabulary that describes denim and woven apparel. B An Oxford Dictionary A guide to oxford and denim terminology by Cassandra Green Basket Weave: a manner in which fibers (yarns) are woven to create fabric. The weaving process combines threads in a checkerboard pattern. Broadcloth: a tightly woven, lustrous cotton or polyester/cotton blend fabric in a plain weave with a crosswise rib; resembles poplin but the rib is finer and it has more crosswise yarn (also called picks). C Canvas: a strong, coarse, cloth made from hemp, flax or a similar yarn. Can be bleached or unbleached. Collar: the part around the neck of a shirt, blouse, jacket or coat, either upright or turned over: o Button-Down Collar: having points (on the collar) which are buttoned to the garment. Casually referred to as a "button down shirt." 36 | Printwear PW_FEB13.indd 36 February 2013 1/18/13 10:03 AM

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