Bedford Cord

Bedford Cord is a woven cloth similar in appearance to Corduroy. It is very strong and hard-wearing and is typically made from wool, worsted or cotton. Bedford Cord is recognisable by the pronounced rounded rib running in the warp direction. This is created by using a lighter weight warp thread. A plain weave or drill weave are most commonly used. Bedford Cord is used mainly for workwear because of its tough, heavy-duty properties. It can also be used for military uniforms and more lightweight versions can be used in dressmaking.  It is named after the town of Bedford in Southern England, where it was first manufactured.

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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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