Frieze fabric is a coarse, heavy fabric which is typically made from wool. It is napped on one side, but it can also be made from cotton, viscose and other synthetic blends. Frieze fabric is manufactured using a plain weave and the nap is raised by scrubbing to encourage the nap to form in curls. The resulting texture is uneven. It was first made in the 14th Century in England and Wales, and was used in medieval times for clothing. It is now  used for outerwear, such as overcoats. The term ‘Frieze’ comes from the Friesland province of Northern Holland.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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