Albatross is a worsted fabric which takes its name from the fact that it resembles the soft downy feathers of the underside of an albatross bird. It is constructed from a plain weave with both the warp and weft yarns generally being cotton. The end fabric has a fleecy surface and this is created by the fabric being finished by burling, shearing, washing singing and dying. The fabric is then rinsed, dried and pressed. Albatross fabric is usually white, or black or plain dyed. It is not generally printed on. It is a lightweight fabric and is used in dressmaking.

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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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