Herringbone (cloth)

Herringbone, also called broken twill weave[1] describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.[2] Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular cloths used for suits and outerwear.[3] Tweed cloth is often woven with a herringbone pattern.

Fatigue uniforms made from cotton in this weave were used by several militaries during and after WWII; in US use, they were often called HBTs.

See also


  1. Calasibetta, Charlotte Mankey; Fairchild Publications (1988-01-01). Fairchild's dictionary of fashion. New York: Fairchild Publications.
  2. Ralph Lauren Style Guide; polo.com Glossary, Herringbone, retrieved 2008-11-24
  3. The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology (2006), "The Tailor's Art," Menswear Fabrics - A Glossary, retrieved 2008-11-24
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