'K' Fabric Terms

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Kapok:

A fiber obtained from the Bombacaceae tree.  Kapok is a cotton-like lightweight fiber. It is generally used as padding rather than as fabric.  It is used to stuff life jackets, mattresses and cushions.

Khaki:

A twill fabric which is tan or sandy.  Khaki is finer and softer than drill fabric.  The name comes for an East Indian word which means “earth color.”  Khaki is most commonly woven of cotton, but it can also be made of wool, linen, worsted, or synthetic fibers.

Knit Fabrics:

Fabric made from a process in which the yarns are looped around each other, rather than woven under and over.  Knits have distinctive ridges.  If the ridges run crosswise they are called “courses” and if they run lengthwise they are called “wales.”  Knit fabrics can have four-way stretch as is the case with double knits.  Some knits have only a slight stretch.

 
 
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