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pilling

Pilling

Fibrillation: The formation of fibrils or small filaments of the surface of fabrics.  Particular fabrics, such as rayon, are susceptible to fibrillation as individual fibers loosen from the yarn or break down due to wear.  Other fabrics, including spandex, resist fibrillation.  Cotton also tends to resist fibrillation, but the manner in which the cotton yarn is spun and the quality of the cotton itself determines the fibrillation resistance of the finished fabric.

Fibrillation can result in pilling (small, ball-like formations of fibrils) in areas of high friction, such as the armpits or crotches of certain garments.

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March 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm

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