Herringbone (cloth)

Donegal tweed (an example of herringbone)
Reversible camouflage HBTs

Herringbone, also called broken twill weave,[1] describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.[2] Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular cloths used for suits and outerwear.[3] Tweed cloth is often woven with a herringbone pattern.

Fatigue uniforms made from cotton in this weave were used by several militaries during and after World War II; in US use, they were often called HBTs.[4][5]

See also

  • Herringbone pattern


  1. ^ Calasibetta, Charlotte Mankey (1988). Fairchild's dictionary of fashion. New York: Fairchild Publications. ISBN 0870056352. OCLC 17932099.
  2. ^ "The RL Style Guide | Glossary | Herringbone". Ralph Lauren. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ Fashion Institute of Technology (2006). ""The Tailor's Art," Menswear Fabrics - A Glossary". The Museum at FIT. Archived from the original on 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  4. ^ Stanton, Shelby (1992). "Summer Work and Service Uniforms". U.S. Army Uniforms of the Korean War. Stackpole Books. pp. 86–98. ISBN 0811729524.
  5. ^ Robinson, Aaron (2009-08-19). "Storming Normandy in a World War II Jeep". Car and Driver. Hearst Magazine Media, Inc. Retrieved 2019-04-29.

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Hessian Fabric made seamless. It will serve to create a normal map in Blender.
Batik Indonesia.jpg
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Batik cloth purchased in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
MacLachlan hunting tartan (D. W. Stewart).svg
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A representation of the Maclachlan hunting tartan. This tartan is the oldest tartan to bear the name MacLachlan. This tartan is referred to as the Old MacLachlan, MacLachlan, and Hunting MacLachlan. This sett was first published in Old & Rare Scottish Tartans by D. W. Stewart in 1893.
Thread count: Y6, W4, Bk32, G32, Y6, W4, R48.
Sources: MacLachlan Clan Tartan WR1710 MacLachlan Hunting Tartan
Donegal Tweed.JPG
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Donegal Tweed fabric. With the characteristic small pieces of yarn in different colours.
Private Joseph De Freitos of Yonkers (New York) of the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2nd US Armored Division, heats his rations on a stove. Interestingly he is wearing a two piece herringbone twill (HBT) camouflage which was used by marines in the pacific, but was quickly abandoned in the European theater because of the similarity to the uniform of the SS.