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angora [Goat / Rabbit] (Goat) Soft long hair of the Angora goat, often called Mohair. The goat is native to Anatolia in the Angora province of Turkey but is extensively raised today in Texas by western ranchers.  (Rabbit): Hair from the angora rabbit. Often blended and mixed with wool to lower the price of the finished article or to obtain fancy or novelty effects.

angrakha a long robe with an assymetrical opening in the chest area reching down the knees worn by males in India

ankle strap type of shoe.  This shoe style has a strap that encircles the ankle and is attached at the back.

anklet  a short sock reaching slightly above the ankleIf you are looking for sock factories, click here.

anorak  [Chiefly British] parkaanorak  [Chiefly British] parka

anthrax  a disease known as "woolsorters disease". Mohair, Camel's hair, Alpaca, and Cashmere most liable to carry infection. Both men and animals subject to this infectious disease, which develops a virulent ulcer and high fever. It localizes in the skin or lungs and sometimes in the intestines. Not always fatal. When confined to skin alone, a cure is usually effected. 

anti bacterial typically referring to a finishing process which helps protect fabrics against order-causing bacteria.  Learn more about antimicrobial or anti bacterial fabrics.

apparel  personal attire; clothing: clothes: garments: fashions: things one wears to cover thy naked body.

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Apparel wholesalers are companies that sell clothing and fashion accessories to retailers.  Typically, the wholesalers purchase apparel from factories and then re-sell the product to the stores.  Wholesalers usually provide design direction and the factories follow the specifications set forth by the wholesaler.

application identifier: A numeric prefix to a UCC/eAN-128 code that defines the encoded data to follow. These are generally used as secondary codes to provide information not included in standard UPC numbering, such as product dates, weights and lot/batch numbers. It may also identify a UCC serial shipping container code.

Appliqué for Textiles and Fashion Appliqué is a sewing technique in which fabric patches are layered on a foundation fabric, then stitched in place by hand or machine with the raw edges turned under or covered with decorative stitching.

apricot  a variable color averaging a mod orange.

apron  apron a garment of cloth, plastic, or leather tied around the waist and used to protect clothing or adorn a costume

AQL  Acceptance Quality Limit

aqua  a light greenish blue.

aquamarine  a pale blue to light greenish blue.

arctic  a rubber overshoe reaching to the ankle or above

argent  the heraldic color silver or white.

argyle  a sock knit in an argyle pattern, namely varicolored diamonds on a solid background color

armband  a band usually worn around the upper part of a sleeve for identification or in mourning

armlet  a band, as of cloth or metal, worn around the upper arm

armor  defensive covering for the body, generally made of metal, used in combat.   Usually thought of as armor worn in medieval times.  Bullet proof clothing can be considered as modern day armor.

armure  fiber can be of cotton, silk, wool, rayon, synthetics, and blends.  Plain, twill, or rib, background often has a small design either jacquard or dobby made with warp floats on surface giving a raised effect.  Design is often in two colors and raised. The name was derived from original fabric which was woven with a small interlaced design of chain armor and used for military equipment during the Crusades.

art linen  Linen.  Plain weave.  It is woven with even threads that are especially good for embroidery.   It is very easy to "draw" the yarns for drawn thread work.  Comes bleached, or colored.  Has a soft finish.

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