Corduroy in a broader senesce is a ridged form of velvet. Corduroy is a textile composed of twisted fibers that when woven lie parallel (similar to diagonal ribs) to one another to form the cloth’s distinct pattern. Modern corduroy is most commonly composed of tufted cords, sometimes exhibiting a channel (bare to the base fabric) between the tufts.
Meanwhile the word “corduroy” is originated from French, potentially derived from “corde du roi” (roughly translated as “cloth/cord of the king”), the phrase “corde du roi” is not French.
In fact, an 1807 French list of manufactured articles includes an entry for “kings-cordes”, apparently taken from English. Corduroy is believed to have been first produced in Manchester England, the world’s first Industrial City.
Corduroy is considered a durable cloth. Socially, the clothes made from corduroy are considered casual, and are usually favored in colder climates. Corduroy is most commonly found in the construction of trousers.
The material is also used in the construction of (sport) jackets and shirts. The width of the cord is commonly referred to as the size of the “wale”.
Wide wale is more commonly found on trousers; medium, narrow, and fine wale fabrics are usually found in garments used above the waist.
The fabric tends to make a unique sound when rubbed together, as when walking.
Corduroy is available in many colors. Please note that our stock changes regularly, so please call or e-mail us to see what we have in stock.