Vocab

Know Your Terms: End-on-end

Because dropping the lingo is half the fun of dressing well.

Similar in construction (and thus softness and breathability) to two-fold 100s, like poplin, end-on-end is differentiated by its contrasting threads—usually a dyed/colored warp against the always white weft. At a glance the fabric gives the appearance of a solid color, but under consideration reveals the dotted patterning at right. Invented by the French (fil-à-fil), end-on-end is almost identical to its cousin chambray, lacking only the calendaring that gives the workwear staple its rigidity and heft.

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