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Corduroy: a ribbed cut weft pile fabric that is brushed. The pile runs parallel to the selvedge and the cords may be medium or broad. Needle cord is made in the same way but the cords are fine

Wale: a ridge on a textured woven fabric

Tufts: a bunch or collection of threads, grass, hair, etc., held or growing together at the base

Ridge: (of a surface) form into or rise up as a ridge. A ridged surface has raised lines on it

Sometimes called the "poor man's velvet" corduroy is a soft, durable fabric that has been popular among people of all classes for almost two centuries. Corduroy first became popular in France and England in the 1700s, where it was named corde du roi, or "cord of the king." Though it was first woven of silk and was used to make clothing for royal servants, many think that the name corde du roi was actually made up by a British manufacturer who wished to glamorize his fabric with celebrity appeal. By the late 1800s corduroy was being woven of cotton and mass-produced in factories in both Europe and the United States. Durable yet inexpensive, cotton corduroy clothing became very popular with the working class.

When I think of Corduroy I firstly think of my school English teacher who was known for wearing a distinctive beige Corduroy suit, I find it interesting how a fabric can be nostalgic and have a different personal meaning for each person. When discussing Corduroy with my group we all seemed to associate it with our childhood, and therefore view it as an outdated fabric.

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