[teks-tahyl, -til]

1. any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting.
2. a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving: Glass can be used as a textile.

3. woven or capable of being woven: textile fabrics.
4. of or pertaining to weaving.
5. of or pertaining to textiles or the production of textiles: the textile industry.

1520–30; < Latin textilis  woven, textile  (noun use of neuter) woven fabric, equivalent to text ( us ), past participle of texere  to weave + -ilis, -ile -ile

TEXTILE is a word you will hear every day when you are working in the fashion industry. Designers become educated and familiar with the fabrications they use for their collections. If you are curious to know and learn some of the textile terms used in the fashion industry, Cotton Inc. has a great online TEXTILE ENCYCLOPEDIA.


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