A long, loose overcoat, worn by men and women, originally made of frieze from Ulster, Ireland.
Province in the north of the island of Ireland. Now divided between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Some people prefer to use the term 'Ulster' rather than 'Northern Ireland', as the latter could be seen to imply a united Ireland.
Ulster is a heavy overcoat material, loosely woven with right-hand twist warp and left-handed twist filling. All types of fiber are used and quality varies accordingly. It is given a long nap that is pressed down.