Use in clothing
Light weight drill is used in clothing items such as shirts, safari jackets, blouses, and sports clothing. The heavier weights were often used in corsets, and are commonly used in work clothing and uniforms.
The most common use of drill in uniforms and casual wear is in the form of khaki. Strictly speaking, khaki is a tan color, and the word comes from the Hindi "khak", meaning the color of dust. Troops of the British Empire during its occupation of India wore uniforms of a white cotton drill. During the 1840s it was discovered that dying this drill to a tan closely matching the color of the dusty surroundings resulted in an effective camouflage. The fabric soon became a popular material for military uniforms, and, in the United States following World War II, as veterans returned to college campuses, it became popular in casual dress as well.
Heavy cotton drill is widely used for making cooks' uniforms (chefs' wear) because it is thick enough to protect the wearer from heat.
Drill is a versatile fabric that has been used in a variety of applications. Boat sail drill is a lightweight, unbleached drill used to make sails for sailing craft. Although duck (canvas) was more commonly used for these purposes, drill has also been used to make tarpaulins, tents, awnings and canopies, but the use of both fabrics has been supplanted in modern times with synthetic fabrics. Like duck, drill is used as a covering for furniture and cushions.
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