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Hi,
Here is a technical question. I know some of you are very knowledgeable when it comes to these things.
On labels of high-end Italian clothing such as Brioni and Barbera I sometimes see fabric described as: Cloth composition 100% WS, Cloth composition 100% WO, or Cloth composition 100% SE. But also as: 60% SE, 40% WS etc. or variations thereof.
I thought WO stood for wool and SE for silk. Does WS stand for wool silk? If so how can fabric be 100% wool/silk? Somehow I was under the impression that WS stood for cashmere?? How is cashmere abbreviated, CA?
Help!

Thanks.
 

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WS is cashmere, and you are right about WO and SE.
 

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Thank you for that quick response.

Still curious about what the abbriviation stands for. I'm pretty sure the W stands for wool, since cashmere is wool from the undercoat of the cashmere goat, but what does the S stand for?

Yes, those are the kind of questions that keep me awake at night.
 

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Hi,

Here is a technical question. I know some of you are very knowledgeable when it comes to these things.

On labels of high-end Italian clothing such as Brioni and Barbera I sometimes see fabric described as: Cloth composition 100% WS, Cloth composition 100% WO, or Cloth composition 100% SE. But also as: 60% SE, 40% WS etc. or variations thereof.

I thought WO stood for wool and SE for silk. Does WS stand for wool silk? If so how can fabric be 100% wool/silk? Somehow I was under the impression that WS stood for cashmere?? How is cashmere abbreviated, CA?

Help!


Thanks.

I appreciate that it is a little obscure to use but Google is your friend. However to save you the burden:


Textile abbreviations

CA Acetate
CO Cotton
CTA Triacetate
CU Cupro
CV Viscose
EA Elastane
EL Elastodiene
HF Hemp
HR Cattle hair
HS Horse hair
HZ Goat hair
JU Jute
LI Linen
PA Polyamid
PAN Polyacrylic
PE Polyethylene
PES Polyester
PP Polypropylen
RA Ramie
SE Silk
WA Angora
WG Vicugna
WK Camel
WM Mohair
WO Wool
WP Alpaca
WS Cashmere
WV Virgin Wool
 

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