Definitions for "Sharkskin"
1. a woven fabric with the yarns in both warp and filling alternating white and color giving it a salt and pepper look. Used for suitings . Usually a 2x2 twill weave but may also be plain weave. 2. a crisp fabric with a pebbly surface and a dull luster usually of filament yarn such as acetate or triacetate . Often found in pure white. Uses for uniforms, tennis clothes.
"Sharkskin" is a term descriptively applied to wool fabrics woven in two and two right-hand twill, with a one and one color arrangement of yarns in the warp and filling. This combination of weave and color results in color lines running diagonally to the left, opposed to the direction of the twill lines, and a distinctly sleek appearance and feel that suggests the texture of the skin of the shark. Also made of rayon, acetate, triacetate, other fibers, and blends. Used for suiting, sportswear.
A hard-finished, low lustered, medium-weight fabric in a twill-weave construction. It is most commonly found in men's worsted suitings; however, it can also be found in a plain-weave construction of acetate, triacetate, and rayon for women's sportswear.
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From certain of the shark species.