Houndstooth is a patterned fabric, produced by either using a twill weave, or having the pattern printed on. The pattern is made up of small, regular, interlocking shapes, resembling broken checks, or dog’s teeth, hence where the fabric gets its name. It is made from wool and generally uses two colours, usually white and black to produce a monochrome pattern. It is used for suits, jackets, skirts and other garments. Originally 100% wool was used but today, many other fibres can be used such as cotton, polyester and other animal fibres. Houndstooth fabric is soft, and has a little bit of stretch because of the way it is woven.

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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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