tea gown a semiformal fancy gown in graceful flowing lines worn
especially for afternoon entertaining at home
teal teal blue.
teal blue a variable color averaging a dark greenish-blue.
teddy a woman's one-piece undergarment, or chemise
tefillin the phylacteries worn by Jews
tencelis the brand name for a fiber called lyocell. Lyocell is a cellulosic
fiber made from wood through a proprietary TENCEL production process. This
fiber is twisted or spun into yarns, which are woven or knitted into fabrics
and garments.TENCEL is a man-made
fiber but natural in origin. This means it is very comfortable to wear because
it is breathable and absorbent, like other natural fibers. TENCEL
is durable and this means that the clothes last.
ten-gallon hat cowboy hat
tennies tennis shoes, sneakers
tennis shoe a lightweight usually low-cut sneaker.
One of the many uses is for playing tennis...
terai a wide-brimmed double felt sun hat worn especially in subtropical
terry an absorbent
fabric with loops
forming the pile; also called terry cloth.
terry cloth pile, also jacquard and dobby combined
with pile. Either all over loops on both sides of the fabric or patterned
loops on both sides. Formed with an extra warp yarn. Long wearing,
easy to launder and requires no ironing. May be bleached, dyed, or
printed. Better qualities have a close, firm, underweave, with
very close loops. Very absorbent, and the longer the loop, the greater
the absorbency. When the pile is only on one side, it is called "Turkish
textile a woven or knit cloth. The term
is used generically to define many various fabrics. The word is some
times used to define an entire industry. For example, "the Apparel
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textured yarna general classification for continuous filament
man - made fibre yarn which have been treated to give them hand and appearance
which is different from the untreated yarn and / or stretchy. These yarns
in some cases exhibit spun yarn effect. The yarns may be crimped ,curled,
coiled, distorted through air jet process or given a false twist and then
be heat set.
inks or dyes: Temperature sensitive inks and dyes. The inks
change color when exposed to heat. For example a t-shirt that has
a print design that changes color when you go into the sunlight.
thong a sandal held on the foot by a thong fitting between the
toes and connected to a strap across the top or around the sides of the
foot. A thong is also a version of underwear or swimwear.
a slender, strong strand or cord, especially one designed for sewing or
other needle work. Most threads are made by plying and twisting yarns. A
wide variety of thread types is in use today e.g. spun cotton and spun polyester,
core-spun cotton with a polyester filament core, polyester or nylon filaments
(often bonded) , and monofilament threads.
thread count measured by adding the number of warp ends per inch
and filling picks per square inch in the woven
fabric. The higher the number, the more dense the yarns are packed together,
but unfortunately thread count has come to be the major determinant of quality
in the U.S. customer's eyes. The quality of the cotton and the finishing
process after weaving can often be more important to the soft hand and durability
of a fabric than a high thread count.
throw a woman's scarf or light wrap.
tiara a three-tiered crown worn by the pope; a jeweled or flowered
headband for formal wear by women
ticking a strong linen or cotton fabric used in upholstering
and as a covering for a mattress or pillow.
tie silk a silk
fabric of firm resilient pliable texture
for neckties and for blouses and accessories.
tiffany a sheer silk gauze formerly used for clothing
and trimmings; a plain-woven open-mesh cotton fabric (as cheesecloth).
tights a skintight garment covering the body from the neck or
the waist down; [Chiefly British] panty hoseTights
cotton; usually twill (L2/1 or L3/1), some
jacquard, satin, and dobby. Very tightly woven with more warp than filling
yarns. Very sturdy and strong, smooth and lustrous. Usually has white
and coloured stripes, but some patterned (floral). Can be made water-repellent,
germ resistant, and feather-proof. "Bohemian
ticking" has a plain weave, a very high texture, and is featherproof.
Lighter weight than regular ticking. Patterned with narrow coloured
striped on a white background or may have a chambray effect by using a white
or unbleached warp with a blue or red filling.
tile hat, especially a high silk hat.
tin hat a metal helmet
that is woven with indigo and khaki/yellow fibers instead of indigo and
white; creates a "dirty" look to the denim that shows through
more and more with wash and wear; sandblasting (wearing out or scrubbing
out indigo dye) can make tinting appear more prominent
tippet a shoulder cape of fur or cloth often with hanging ends;
a long black scarf worn over the robe by Anglican clergymen during morning
and evening prayer
tissue a fine lightweight often sheer fabric.
titfer [British] hat
titian of a brownish orange color.
toboggana knit hat worn to keep the
head warm in cold temperatures. (not to be mistaken for
a long sled.) In Southern American English, Appalachian English, and
Yooper dialect, toboggan refers to a type of hat. This is sometimes shortened
to boggan or lengthened to boggan cap. This type of hat is also referred
to by other names: knit hat or knit cap, sock cap or stocking cap, watch
cap, tuque, skull cap or sometimes as a ski cap.
toile any of many plain or simple twill weave
toile de Jouy a fabric printed in toile de Jouy,
namely an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton,
linen, or silk in one color on a light ground.
toga the loose outer garment worn in public by citizens of ancient
Rome; also, a similar loose wrap or a professional, official, or academic
top a garment worn on the upper body
top boot a high boot often with light-colored
bands around the upper part
topcoat a lightweight overcoat
topee a lightweight helmet-shaped
hat made of
pith or cork
top hat a tall-crowned hat usually of beaver or silk. However,
they are also made of other fabrics.
topknot an ornament, as a knot of ribbons or a pompom, forming
a headdress or worn as part of a coiffure; a crest of
or tuft of hair on the top of the head
topper silk hat; opera hat; a woman's usually short and loose-fitting
lightweight outer coat
Top-Sider Trademark: Used for a low casual
shoe having a
toquea woman's small hat without a brim made in any of various soft close-fitting
torchon a coarse bobbin or machine-made lace made
with fan-shaped designs forming a scalloped edge.
tow yarn or cloth made of tow, namely a
short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is
used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing.
towelinga cotton or linen fabric often
used for making towels.
toy [Scottish] a linen or wool headdress depending to the shoulders
once worn by old women of the lower classes
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