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August 13, 2008  ·  mail  ·  style

Mailbag: End-on-End Cotton

An anonymous reader asks: "What is end on end cotton?" Answer: End-on-end cotton, simply put, is made by weaving two lengthwise yarns together—typically alternating dyed and undyed (or white) ends. The idea is to give fabrics a richer texture than you'd get from a solid colour. End-on-end cotton is used in just about anything made out of woven fabric, from boxer shorts to dress shirts. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but nowadays it seems to turn up most often in the decidedly uncool Brooks Brothers / Jos. A Bank category of apparel. It skews to a bit of an older demographic.

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