Herringbone (cloth)

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Donegal tweed (an example of herringbone.
Reversible camouflage HBTs

Herringbone, also called broken twill weave,[1] describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.[2] Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular cloths used for suits and outerwear.[3] Tweed cloth is often woven with a herringbone pattern.

Fatigue uniforms made from cotton in this weave were used by several militaries during and after WWII; in US use, they were often called HBTs.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Calasibetta, Charlotte Mankey (1988). Fairchild's dictionary of fashion. New York: Fairchild Publications. ISBN 0870056352. OCLC 17932099.
  2. ^ "The RL Style Guide | Glossary | Herringbone". Ralph Lauren. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ Fashion Institute of Technology (2006). ""The Tailor's Art," Menswear Fabrics - A Glossary". The Museum at FIT. Archived from the original on 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2008-11-24.