Barathea, sometimes spelled barrathea,[1] is a soft fabric, with a hopsack twill weave giving a surface that is lightly pebbled or ribbed.[2] The yarns use cover various combinations of wool, silk and cotton. Worsted barathea (made with a smooth wool yarn) is often used for evening coats,[3] such as dress coats, dinner jackets, and military uniforms,[4] in black and midnight blue. Silk barathea, either all silk, or using cotton weft and silken warp, is widely used in the necktie industry.[1]


  1. 1 2 Frank P. Bennett (1914). A Cotton Fabrics Glossary. Guilford, Ct.: Frank P. Bennett & Co. p. 684.
  2. Turnbull & Asser. "Barathea weave". Archived from the original on 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  3. Flusser, Alan (2002). Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion. HarperCollins. p. 278. ISBN 0-06-019144-9.
  4. "MIL-C-3727F, Military Specification for Cloth, Barathea, Wool". U.S. Department of Defense. 1987-12-18. Retrieved 2013-12-04.

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