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Defining canton flannel

March 1st, 2008 / By: / Ask the Experts

Question: What is a canton flannel?

Answer: A canton flannel is a woven fabric, typically made of cotton. It’s a heavy-twill woven fabric that has a plush nap on one side. It’s used in applications where the nap offers protection, such as in an interior cover for keeping a boat from being scratched. The nap can also be useful as a particulate catcher in filtration applications, for warmth in thermal clothing applications or as buffs utilized in wood finishing.

Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

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