Duck fabric is a strong, hardwearing plain weave fabric. Originally it was made entirely from linen, but later on cotton started to be used more and more. Nowadays it is usually 100% cotton or a cotton blend. Duck fabric is very similar to cotton in the fact that it is made in many different weights depending on the end purpose. It is hard-wearing, durable and resistant to the elements. It is mainly used for outdoor coverings, tarpaulins, utility clothing and work wear.

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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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