rabato a wide lace-edged collar of the early 17th century often
stiffened to stand high at the back
Radio Frequency Identification
(RFID) Involves a chip with an antenna that when activated by a reader,
can sendor receive information. It has several advantages over bar codes,
foremost that it can be read with out a line of sight to an item, making
it much easier to get automated reads and to do so in large quantities instead
of one by one. Placing a reader at the entrance to a distribution center,
a stockroom, or even a trash compactor will make tracking goods easier and
raglan a loose overcoat with raglan sleeves
raincoat a coat of waterproof or water-resistant material
rainwear waterproof or water-resistant clothing
rajah (trade name)
made from a tussah silk or certain silk wastes. It belongs to the
pongee family of silks. Made from irregular yarns, so has slubs
and irregularities but thicker than shantung. It is rather compact
and strong. Has a pebble-like feel and appearance. Comes in
all colours as well as natural ecru shades, but often warp and filling are
different colours (irridescent effect).
ramie (pronounced Ray-me) fabric made
of ramie, often resembling linen or silk. [ramie is the strong lustrous
bast fiber of the ramie plant (an Asian perenial of the nettle family) that
is capable of being spun or woven.] Ramie is one of the oldest
vegetable fibers and has been used for thousands of years. It was
used for Chinese burial shrouds over 2,000 years ago, long before cotton
was introduced in the Far East. Ramie is classified chemically as
a cellulose fiber, just as cotton, linen, and rayon. Leading producers of
ramie are China, Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines and Brazil.
Ramie is a natural woody fibre resembling flax. Also
known as rhea and China grass, it is obtained from a tall shrub grown in
South-east Asia. China, Japan, and southern Europe. The fibre
is stiff, more brittle than linen, and highly lustrous. It can be
bleached to extreme whiteness. Ramie fibres are long and very fine.
They are white and lustrous and almost silklike in appearance. The
strength of ramie is excellent and varies from 5.3 to 7.4 grams per denier.
Elastic recovery is low and elongation is poor. Ramie lends itsef
to general processing for textile yarns, but its retting operation is difficult
and costly, making the fibre unprofitable for general use. When combed,
ramie is half the density of linen, but much stronger, coarser, and more
absorbent. It has permanent luster and good affinity for dyes; it
is affected little by moisture. Ramie is used as filling yarn in mixed
woolen fabrics, as adulteration with silk fibres, and as a substitute for
flax. The China-grass cloth use by the Chinese is made of Ramie.
This fibre is also useful for rope, twine, and nets.
ratin a rough bulky fabric usually woven loosely in plain
weave from ratin
yarns, namely nubbly ply yarns of various fibers made by twisting under
tension a thick and thin yarn.
ratteen a coarse woolen fabric.
rayon (viscose) a fabric made from
rayon, namely any of a group of smooth textile fibers made from regenerated
cellulose by extrusion through minute holes. A manufactured fiber
composed of regenerated cellulose in which substituents have replaced not
more than 15 percent of the hydrogens of the hydroxyl group.
rebozo a long scarf worn chiefly by Mexican women
red a color whose hue resembles that of blood or of the
ruby or is that of the long-wave extreme of the visible spectrum.
reddish tinged w/ red.
redingote a fitted outer garment such as a double-breasted coat
with wide flat cuffs and collar worn by 18th century men; a woman's lightweight
coat open at the front; a dress with a front gore of contrasting material
Reece pocket An inset pocket with
the both lips finished by an upstanding welt that may be from 3/8
wide. One lip pockets are called 'welt pockets'
reefer a close-fitting usually double-breasted jacket or coat
of thick cloth.
specialty ink or transfers that are generally used for safety applications.
Reflective material reflects a bright image back at the source of
light. A wonderful application
for Children's clothing. The
Apparel Search Company thinks that it should be a requirement on Children's
outerwear and shoes.
regimentals a regimental uniform; military dress
rep or repp a plain-weave fabric
with prominant rounded crosswise ribs. Has a pronounced
narrow cylindrical rib in the filling direction - less distinct than bengaline;
more distinct than poplin. Sometimes a very distinct rib is alternated with
a small rib. It is similar to poplin but heavier in cotton.
Can be dyed, printed, or white. Frays badly. Difficult
to press (may flatten rib).
reseda a grayish green color.
Retailers are defined as those establishments that sell merchandise, generally
without transformation, and attract customers using methods such as advertising,
point-of-sale location, and display of merchandise. A store retailer has
a selling place open to the public; merchandise on display or available
through sales clerks; facilities for making cash or credit card transactions;
and services provided to retail customers. Retailers also sell online
(via the internet).
price price set
for items sold to the general public. The last mark-up in the cost to bring
an item to a particular consumer store. Please note, many items will have
a suggested retail price set by a manufacturer. This price does in no way
constitute a products' value as "suggested retail prices" are
often overlooked by retailers and priced according to market and/or trends.
(definition provided by Robert Cyr
at RLC Trading)
reticule a woman's drawstring bag used especially as a carryall
ribbon a flat or tubular narrow closely
woven fabric (as of silk or rayon) used for trimmings or knitting.
ring a circlet
usually of precious metal worn on the finger
the pant rise is important because it determines where your pants
sit on your body, which in turn creates your perceived waistline. When
measuring a pant, you should take both the front rise and back rise
measurements. The ‚front rise‚ of a pant is the distance from the middle
of the crotch seam (right between your legs) to the top of the
waistband. The ‚back rise‚ is similar to the front rise, but should be
measured from the crotch seam to the top of the back waistband.
metal tack or burr originally invented by Mr.
Levi (Levi's) for securing the pocket sides.
rivire a necklace of precious stones, as diamonds
RN # stands
for Registered Identification Number. It is a number issued by the FTC to
U.S. businesses that manufacture, import, distribute, or sell products covered
by the Textile, Wool, and Fur Acts. Businesses can use this number on product
labels in lieu of the company name.
roan the color of a roan horse, especially
robe a long flowing outer garment, especially one used for ceremonial
occasions or as a symbol of office or profession; a loose garment, as a
bathrobe, for informal wear especially at home
robe de chambre dressing gown
rochet a white linen vestment resembling a surplice with
close-fitting sleeves worn especially by bishops and privileged prelates
roller skate a shoe with a set of wheels attached for skating
over a flat surface
roman collar clerical collar
romper a garment especially for children with the lower part shaped
like bloomers [Usually used in plural]
roquelaure a knee-length cloak worn especially in the 18th
and 19th centuries
rose a variable color averaging a moderate
rose pink a moderate pink.
roseate resembling a rose, especially in
roundabout a short close-fitting jacket worn by men and boys especially
in the 19th century
roundelle A donut
shaped fabric stuffed head dress worn with a veil by women in the 14th and
royal blue a vivid purplish blue.
royal purple a dark reddish purple.
ruana a woolen covering resembling a poncho
rubber a rubber overshoe
rubious red, ruby.
ruby the dark red color of the ruby.
ruche (or ruching) a decorative strip, edge or trim piece of gathered,
pleated, fluted, ruffled or frilled fabric on a garment Or, a pleating or
gathering of cloth on a garment or drapes.
ruddy red, reddish.
ruff a large round collar of pleated muslin or linen worn in the
late 16th and early 17th centuries
ruffle a strip of frilled or closely
pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
russet a variable color averaging a strong
brown. Coarse homespun usually reddish brown cloth.
rust a strong brown.
rusty of the color rust.
A mixture between orange, red, and brown. Yes, this word is
relevant to the fashion industry. All color is relevant to fashion.