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Fabric question - tweed

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Technically, what makes something a tweed rather than regular wool fabric?
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Come on some body here knows...
Come on some body here knows...
Years ago, when Andy changed servers to keep up with the traffic, the responses to a number of old threads were lost. (This one is from 2005)
Thats why Im thinking by now some one has figured it out.
Technically, what makes something a tweed rather than regular wool fabric?
I doubt there is anything any longer that can be termed a characteristic exclusive to tweed. As soon as you think of one, there are exceptions. The origin of the term is either a corruption of the word twill due to a mispronunciation, or after the homemade cloth found around the river of that name.

A once defining characteristic of tweed is that the wool is carded rather than combed yielding fibers more loosely bound together when spun, and producing the loft once characteristic of tweed, but which now is often lacking, and woven into a plain weave. (Rather than the twill of questionable etymology.) And all of this traditionally was homespun and woven, though little remains of that.

Tweeds now are often made of worsted yarns, and machine woven into twills. The close woven twills being essential to the thornproof requirements of a traditional keepers tweed. Perhaps the best definition of a tweed is that it's a rougher, more loosely woven country cloth; except when it's not. :icon_smile_wink:
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Probably no-one has answered because there isn't really an answer to the question as it is posed. Tweed is a regular wool fabric and since no official definition of tweed exists, it can't really be formally distinguished from other wool fabrics in the way the OP appears to want.
Sine you've read this far,, might as well...

Droll, quite droll.:cool:
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