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January 17, 2018
Flannel is typically made from soft cotton, wool or synthetic fabrics and has a thicker weave than other types of shirts which makes it durable and great for colder weather. Flannel fabric can be brushed for an even fuzzier texture. Brushed flannel is created by running a fine metal comb over the fabric (before or after weaving). Flannel garments may be left without brushing, completely brushed, or even brushed on select sides! The shirt below has a brushed flannel exterior and classic flannel interior. Can you tell the difference?
Flannel fabric is believed to have originated in either Scotland or Wales and was traditionally made from carded wool or yarns that were finer, smoother and heavier than other yarns. To prepare the wool for weaving, it was carded - brushed and detangled. This preparation and material resulted in a heavier, more durable fabric which quickly gained popularity. With an abundance of sheep and technological advances flannel became even easier to produce, helping it gain popularity around the world. Flannel was quickly adopted for the use of plaid apparel - leading to the association between the two - but remember! Plaid is a pattern, flannel is a fabric. For more on the history of plaid, check out our earlier blog post that goes into the rich heritage of plaid patterns.
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