The corduroy guide part 1

The corduroy guide

The corduroy guide part 1

The history of corduroy, number 1:

In order to understand the history of corduroy, you must first understand its parent, Fustian. It is an umbrella term for thick cotton fabrics including moleskins and corduroys. It was first woven in Norwich, England during the reign of Edward VI, and used for jackets in the 15 century. Originally dating back as far as 200 AD, it was initially woven in Fustat, a small city near Cairo, in Egypt. At the time, Fustat was a bustling marketplace and one that was known for its use of cotton and later its exportation of cotton throughout much of Europe.

The history of corduroy, number 2:

It was during the 18th century that London tailors began to use the textile as an option for outdoor apparel in the cooler climate. The goal was to create the perfect form of fustian that would dry quickly from the rain and provide warmth in the winter months. For hunters and gatherers, the new fabric was ideal as it was comfortable, provided protection from the elements, and offered them an easy, maintenance-free alternative to their previous clothing.

How corduroy got its name, number 1:

In the past, silk used to be rather expensive and velvet was only made of silk, yet Corduroy is generally woven from cotton. Some claim the origins of “Corduroy” come from the French “Cour du Roi” meaning “Court of the king”. Of course, the king wore clothes made out of fine silk fabrics and so did the aristocrats at court. However, the king’s servants did not get silk but rather less expensive cotton hunting outfits. Corduroy is also woven like velvet, except the pile, picks are bound by the warp, which creates the straight lines. These are probably some of the reasons corduroy is also referred to as the “velvet of the poor”.