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Distressed Nerd: Name that fabric!

Distressed Nerd: Name that fabric!

Distressed Nerd: Name that fabric!

For the life of me I can't figure out what type of fabric this is. If you can figure it out and send me a link to where I can get more I will write you a funny poem tailored to your username as a response.

I've attached picture with flash on and flash off and here is a 10 second video of what it feels like: Link

RE: Distressed Nerd: Name that fabric!

It looks like a lightweight version of 'ballistic nylon'.

Just do a Google search on 'ballistic nylon' and you'll get all sorts of sources where you can buy it. Perhaps one those vendors can help you with finding a lightweight version.

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RE: Distressed Nerd: Name that fabric!

Bit hard to be sure from the photo, but the weave looks like it might be duck (plain weave with 2 warp x 1 weft).

No clues as to the yarn. Polyester and Nylon (and all the others too, but it's probably one of those two) have different properties. You will know whether that matters for your application. You could try setting fire to a small sample to see what it smells like.

The other key parameter is the weight (this is traditionally specified in ounces per square yard).


RE: Distressed Nerd: Name that fabric!

Distressed Nerd,
Try re-posting your question in forum643: Textile goods & fabrics engineering .
You may get more response there.

You are judged not by what you know, but by what you can do.

RE: Distressed Nerd: Name that fabric!


If you aren't able to determine what type of fabric this is on your own, just how will you know if what someone on this thread tells you is correct?

Sounds like you are trying to reverse engineer something that uses this material. If you know the application this fabric sample was used for, contact the manufacturer and send them a sample of the material. They will probably tell you what the fabric is, and possibly even where you can purchase the material.

As for a funny poem tailored to my user name, forget it. In my opinion every great poem in the English language starts with these words: "There once was a man from Nantucket....."

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