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Blue scale (colour fastness)

The blue scale is a standard comparative scale from 1 to 8 (1=very poor, 8=excellent) for assessing the light fastness of printed or dyed fabrics and textiles.

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Flannel

Flannel is a brushed, pliable fabric of twill, wool, worsted, cotton or rayon made in tightly woven twill or plain weave and finished with a light napping. Flannel originated in Wales and has a soft, napped surface that partially cancels the pattern.

Hopsacking

Hopsacking is a course, open, basket-weave fabric. The name comes from the plain-weave hemp and jute fibre for sacking in which hops gathered. Made from cotton, wool, linen, rayon, silk, hemp, or jute, it has a somewhat rough texture and is quite durable and often bulky.

Ramie fibre

Ramie fibre the perennial stalk producing plant has been cultivated in eastern Asia for fibre since prehistoric times. 3-8 feet high, with heart-shaped leaves, the plant’s texture was used in the fabric in ancient Egypt and was known in Europe during the Middle Ages.