Glossary of terms used on this site
A coat made from duffel, a coarse, thick, woollen material. The name derives from Duffel, a town in the province of Antwerp in Belgium where the material originates. Duffle coats are a traditional British garment, dating from 1890 when John Partridge, a manufacturer of outdoor clothing, started to market coats made from duffel fabric. The wooden toggle-fastenings were made to be easily fastened and unfastened while wearing gloves in cold weather at sea. Paddington Bear is always pictured wearing one.
Originally a type of ornamental shoulder piece used as a sign of rank in the military, today it usually seen as a feature on shirts as a buttoned flap on the shoulder.
Ur-min - The stoat’s winter coat; white fur dotted with black tail tips used on ceremonial robes worn by kings and queens.
A type of design used in knitwear named after a Shetland island. History has it that a 16th century Spanish Armada galleon was wrecked and the sailors rescued from the vessel wore garments bearing Moorish designs which the Shetland islanders copied. Fair Isle knitwear is hand knitted wool with horizontal, coloured bands with naive or folky patterns and designs.
A fabric formed without weaving, using the natural tendency of the fibres of wool or rabbit fur to interface and cling together into a mat-like texture. Felt is the oldest fabric known to humankind.
The fur of the european polecat.
Foo-lard - The first meaning is a thin, flexible silk or silk and cotton material used for ties and handkerchiefs. It also can mean the actual scarves or handkerchiefs made from this fabric. The word foulard comes from the French word for a silk handkerchief
A form of cross pocket in the trousers with the seam end opened vertically a few inches so it is easier to get your hand in.
Gab-bar-dean - A closely woven twill fabric made from cotton or wool. The fabric is smooth on one side and has a diagonally ribbed surface on the other. Gaberdine, the breathable, weatherproof and tearproof fabric was developed by Thomas Burberry and was first introduced in 1880 and patented in 1888.
(from French: galoches), are a type of rubber shoe or boot that is slipped over shoes to keep them from getting muddy or wet.
Gaunt-lit - A long glove covering the wrist, typically worn when driving.
Ghillie (or Gillie) Collar - Gil-i - Named after a Highland Chief’s attendant. This is when a jacket can be done up at the neck, like a coat , keeping the Scottish weather out and giving the jacket its name.
Named after a Highland Chief’s attendant. This is when a jacket can be done up at the neck, like a coat , keeping the Scottish weather out and giving the jacket its name.
The name originates from an adjective in the Malay language, ging-gang, meaning striped. Today it means a checkered pattern fabric usually in cotton with two colours.
A rare blend of Andean guanaco, pashmina and yearling cashmere, three of the finest fibres.