A-line : Garments that are shaped like the letter A. Narrow at the top and wide at the bottom
Absorbency : The ability of a textile material to take in and retain liquid, such as water, within the fibres and within the pores of the material.
Accessories : Items that are worn with an outfit that are intended to complete and compliment the overall look, such as bags, shoes, scarf’s, and jewellery etc,
Acetate Faric : Fabric made from a manufactured yarn of cellulose ethanoate. Typically for linings.
Agaric : Cotton terry effect fabric woven from loop yarns.
Aida : A cotton plain weave fabric with two wefts of different colours or counts. The picks of the wefts are woven alternatively so as to produce diaper effects.
Ajiji : A fine plain Indian cotton muslin with coloured silk stripes.
Alamode : A plain weave lightweight silk fabric with a soft, lustrous finish.
Alpaca : The fibres obtained from the coat of an Alpaca which is used to create fabric, often mixed with cotton or silk.
Amabouk : A plain weave fairly course fabric.
Angleterre : A glazed finish silk fabric.
Angora : Fibre from the angora rabbit used to create angora yarn, woven to make angora fabric.
Antung : A silk plain weave dress fabric, woven without slubs from net tussah silk yarns,
Apparel : An alternate word for clothing such as, outfit, covering, garment, etc.
Appliqué : A separate piece of fabric, cut as a specific shape, purposely stitched onto the face of another fabric for decoration.
Aran : Warm outerwear, hand or machine knitted woollen spun undyed yarn.
Arbaccio : A fabric made from the Nuoro sheep in plain and twill weaves.
Arcazabo : A silk brocade fabric.
Ardenne : A brocade tapestry doublecloth.
Argouges : A heavy-weight bleached linen fabric.
Asymmetric hem : A distorted hemline that has varying lengths around the base.
Atabi : Mediaeval silk and cotton dress fabric.
Athua : Hand-woven mosquito net.
Attushi : Japan fabric made from the best fibres of the Elm tree by the Ainu people of Northern Japan.
Aeulaea : Latin word for Tapestry.