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Fabric Dictionary

Fabric Dictionary

Zamac

An alloy created from zinc, aluminum, copper, and magnesium used to create metal buttons and buckles due to its readiness to be diecast.

Uses:

  • • buttons
  • • buckles

Pros:

  • • inexpensive
  • • durable
  • • versatile in finishing
  • • inexpensive to manufacture
Zephyr

A thin, lightweight cotton fabric that is usually plainly woven. Commonly used for dresses, blouses, and shirts. The fabric gets its name from Zephyr, the Greek god of the western wind, as it is airy and billowy in nature.

Uses:

  • • dresses
  • • blouses
  • • shirts

Pros:

  • • lightweight
  • • airy

Cons:

  • • not suited for colder weather
  • • somewhat limited in uses
Zibeline

A type of heavy silk fabric with a twill weave, similar to a mikado. Can also refer to a form of woolen material created with a satin weave.

Uses:

  • • bridal gowns
  • • formal wear
  • • coats

Pros:

  • • holds its shape
  • • strong
  • • soft

Cons:

  • • dry clean only
  • • can be too rigid for some applications
Zig Zag

A line that abruptly changes direction in an alternating matter.

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