When 11 November rolls around, you'll need to get out those trusty corduroy pants -- or a sport coat with patches at the elbows -- so you'll look good on Corduroy Appreciation Day, the holiday founded by New York-based corduroy aficionado Miles Rohan in 2005. It's been said that 11/11 was chosen because of its resemblance to the fabric's distinctive wale pattern.
Casual, yet more presentable than a pair of jeans or sweat pants, the woven cotton fabric's special day reached a crescendo when it was celebrated around the world on 11/11/11.
Warm feelings about wearing corduroy:
- Corduroy evolved from the ancient cotton weave known as "fustian." This manufactured textile existed for thousands of years before it acquired the name "corduroy."
- Corduroy’s wale count per inch can vary from 1.5 to 21, although the standard falls between 10 and 12. The lower the wale number, the thicker the width of the wale -- for example, 4-wale is much thicker than 11-wale.
- Corduroy sounds like it should be linked to the French phrase corde du roi ("cloth of the king"), but the word and the fabric are actually both English in origin.
More Info: Huffington Post
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