Hopsack is a loosely woven coarse fabric. It is generally made from wool and cotton, but it can also be manufactured using hemp or jute. It is nowadays used in clothing but the name ‘Hopsack’ comes from the fact that it was used to make the sacks for the hop growers. Hopsack has a prominent slub effect, due to the different thicknesses of yarn being used to make it. It is durable and versatile and most often woven using a plain or a basket weave.

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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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