Garbadine fabric is a twill weave fabric. It has a fine, diagonally running rib on the technical face, and the wrong side is totally flat. Garbadine fabric is durable and was traditionally made from worsted yarns, but is now more commonly made from wool, viscose, synthetic fibres or blends. This fabric is traditionally used for suits, coats, trousers and uniforms. Garbadine fabric was first manufactured by Burberry in 1880, for use in their outerwear garments, and extensively in angling wear as it could be made to be waterproof. Garbadine is also used in couture suits, just for the pocket lining as it is hard-wearing, unlike other fabrics which are flimsy and get holes in easily.

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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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