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- Sorry, I didn't see there was already a discussion about this today. odd. For what it's worth, I agree with Nandesuka... I don't see what this has to do with Corduroy the concept except in the most trivial way. --Khazar 07:28, 15 January 2006 (UTC)
why the hell is that in their? WTF!!!!!!??????????!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
The article says it was first made in Leeds. I have also read it was made in 200 AD in Fustum, Egypt. See Fustian.
What is corduroy?
A: Corduroy is a type of weave, and as such is neither plant nor animal. Referencing the article, it is typically a cotton based cloth.
The etymology "corde du roi" seems to be folkish, at least according to etymonline. Etymonline prefers cord + obs. 17c. duroy, a coarse fabric made in England. Duroy is defined here as coarse woollen--18.104.22.168 (talk) 01:07, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
- Interestingly, the "cord + duroy" etymology also appears in Oxford English Dictionary's free online version , but the "big" online OED says  (my emphasis):
- A name apparently of English invention: either originally intended, or soon after assumed, to represent a supposed French *corde du roi ‘the king's cord’; it being a kind of ‘cord’ or corded fustian. No such name has ever been used in French: on the contrary, among a list of articles manufactured at Sens in 1807, Millin de Grandmaison Voyage d. Départ. du Midi I. 144 enumerates ‘étoffes de coton, futaines, kings-cordes’, evidently from English. Wolstenholme's Patent of 1776 mentions nearly every thing of the fustian kind except corduroy, which yet was well known by 1790. Duroy occurs with serge and drugget as a coarse woollen fabric manufactured in Somersetshire in the 18th cent., but it has no apparent connection with corduroy. A possible source has been pointed out in the English surname Corderoy. --Thrissel (talk) 11:31, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
Errors and Omissions
The opening paragraph should refer to both fustian and floats. Corduroy is a type of fustian, a stout cloth typified by the weaving of floats onto one side of the cloth. To make corduroy you weave cotton with a twill weave adding floats in the weft. The floats are then cut into ridges called wales, and brushed to form the characteristic pile. The opening paragraph as it stands gives the impression that the ridges are woven in.
Opening paragraph says, "...composed of twisted fibres that, when woven, lie parallel to one another to form the cloth's distinct pattern" The threads in ALL woven fabrics lie parallel to one another and this is neither distinctive of nor a feature of corduroy and neither does it "form" the distinct pattern.
The explanation of "wales" omits to mention that in woven fabrics, ridges or ribs that are woven in as opposed to dyed stripes are referred to as wales. This applies to all ridged or ribbed fabrics including those in twill weaves, not just corduroy. The "wale number" referred to in the article is simply the number of wales per inch; so using the incorrect terminology from the article we get 4-wale is 4 ribs to the inch and 18-wale is 18 ribs to the inch.