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Wafer

Or called also waffle fabric, is usually made of cotton or microfibre and is woven in a way which makes it very absorbent. The waffle weave also allows air to flow through the fabric so that it dries quickly. Wafre fabrics are made in a range of weights. The surface of the fabric is textured rather like a culinary waffle,…

Waistband (Two-piece)

When two identical pieces of fabric are placed back-to-back at the top of a pant, raw edges turned inside and joined with two widely spaced rows of stitching. the pant body is inserted between and along one edge.

Wales

In a knitted fabric, the series of loops that are formed by a single needle, which runs vertically or lengthwise in a knitted fabric.

Warmth to Weight Ratio

A measurement used to evaluate the effectiveness of an insulated product in relation to weather conditions and the environment. The insulation with the best rating is down. Down provides the best warmth to weight ratio over almost any other insulation material, which is why you will see down garments and sleeping bags as the primary choice for use in almost…

Warp

And blends. Napped on one side.

Warp Knit

Is a family of knitting methods in which the yarn zigzags along the length of the fabric; i.e, following adjacent columns, or wales, of knitting, rather than a single row, or course. For comparison, knitting across the width of the fabric is called weft knitting.

Water Repellent

Fabrics that have been treated with a finish which cause them to shed water and resist water penetration, but are still air-permeable. Treatments can include wax coatings, resins, silicones, and fluorine derivatives. Such treatments do not close the pores of the fabric, while waterproof finishes do.

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