Oxford fabric is a soft, strong cloth. It is usually constructed using a basket weave and cotton yarns. The cotton is often blended with synthetic fibres to give the fabric different properties depending on the yarns used. The fabric is sometimes mercerised to improve the strength and lustre. This is done by applying a chemical reaction to the fabric using a caustic alkali solution. Oxford fabric is used mainly for shirts which are known as ‘Oxford Shirts,’ but it can also be used for suits, jackets, dresses and sportswear. The name ‘Oxford’ comes from Oxford University in England.

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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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