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What is "Hand" - Definition & Explanation

The way that the fabric or leather feels to the touch.
Literally, the feel of the goods in the hand; a qualitative term used to describe the tactile properties of a fabric.
The way the fabric feels when it is touched. Terms like softness, crispness, dryness, silkiness are all terms that describe the hand of the fabric. A good hand refers to shape retention without stiffness.
The tactile qualities of a fabric. The way it feels to the touch - soft, firm, elastic, etc.
The way the fabric feels when it is touched. Terms like softness, crispness, dryness, silkiness are all terms that describe the hand of the fabric.
The feel of a fabric when touched by the hand -- soft, silky, board-like, cottony, drapable, etc.

Some other terms

Some more terms:

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Serge is a type of twill fabric that has diagonal lines or ridges on both sides, made with a two-up, two-down weave. The worsted variety is used in making military uniforms, suits, great and trench...
A method of layout to determine a right angle (square corner) in frames, fabric, construction, etc. It derives from the fact that a triangle with sides of 3-4-5 will have a right angle. The legs will...
Silk, rayon, or cotton in a plain or crosswise rib weave. It has a watermarked finish that is fairly stiff with body in most cases. It is produced by passing the fabric between engraved cylinders...
The force necessary to tear a fabric, measured by the force necessary to start or continue a tear in a fabric. Expressed in pounds or in grams, the most commonly used method for determining the tear...

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