Definition of Sharkskin

Fiber: Worsted. Some wool. Also made in rayons and synthetics (particularly Arnel) but they are quite different.

Weave: 2 x 2 twill weave (1 white, 1 black up and same down).

Characteristics: The yarns in both the warp and filling are alternately white (or very light yarns) and colored. The combination of weave and color results in colored lines running diagonally to the left opposite to the twill lines in a "step" effect. Has a very sleek, smooth, feel and appearance. Although it is fairly light in weight, it has a very substantial feel. Gives excellent wear and sheds dirt readily. Has many variations.

Uses: Used for men's and women's suits, lightweight coats and sportswear.

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