Whipcord is the name for either a fabric or a form of braided cord.

The fabric whipcord is a strong worsted or cotton fabric made of hard-twisted yarns with a diagonal cord or rib. The weave used for whipcord is a steep-angled twill, essentially the same weave as a cavalry twill or a steep gabardine. However, the ribs of whipcord are usually more pronounced than in either of those fabrics, and the weft (filling) may be visible between the ribs on the right side, which is usually not the case for gabardines. In practice, marketing considerations, rather than technical details, determine when the specific term whipcord is used.

Whipcord is usually found in durable outdoor clothing (typically pants, sometimes jackets) as a 16 to 18oz (ounce per square yard fabric weight) wool, or in durable workers' clothing (typically overalls) as a 9 to 12oz cotton. In the latter case, whipcord is an alternative to duck, which has a different weave.

Whipcord should not be confused with corduroy. Whipcord has a hard smooth finish with diagonal ribs. Corduroy is fuzzy with vertical ribs.

The cord form of whipcording is also sometimes called Interlocking. It is made by plaiting together four strands to make a stronger cord, usually using bobbins to weight the strands and make them easier to control. It can be worked as a solid color or in a stripe or a diagonal for a two color pattern. [Hald, Margrethe. Ancient Danish Textiles from Bogs and Burials. National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, 1980. (8748003123)]


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  • Whipcord — Whip cord , n. A kind of hard twisted or braided cord, sometimes used for making whiplashes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • whipcord — noun Etymology: from its use in making whips Date: 14th century 1. a thin tough cord made of braided or twisted hemp or catgut 2. a cloth that is made of hard twisted yarns and has fine diagonal cords or ribs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whipcord — /hwip kawrd , wip /, n. 1. a cotton, woolen, or worsted fabric with a steep, diagonally ribbed surface. 2. a strong, hard twisted cord, sometimes used for the lashes of whips. 3. a cord made from the intestines of animals; catgut. [1275 1325; ME… …   Universalium

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