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Fabric Dictionary

Fabric Dictionary

Qiviut

The soft, dense, light-brown woolly undercoat of the Arctic Musk Ox, used in making fabrics. The name comes from an Inuit word meaning 'down'. It is lustrous, durable, and free of oils.

Uses:

  • • hats
  • • scarves
  • • coats
  • • sweaters

Pros:

  • • waterproof
  • • softer than cashmere
  • • stronger than sheep's wool
  • • does not shrink
  • • oil free

Cons:

  • • can't be used for felting
Quatrefoil

A decorative pattern or print consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the outline of four ornamental lobes, leaves, or overlapping circles of the same diameter. Used traditionally in art, architecture, heraldry and Christian symbolism.

Quilted

A fabric padded, stuffed, or stitched to simulate the style of a patchwork quilt.

Uses:

  • • jackets
  • • coats
  • • bedding

Pros:

  • • insulating
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