Detail photo - blue Oxford Cloth cotton textile
OXFORD WEAVE
Grayscale diagram of yarn pattern in Oxford Cloth fabric
Detail photo - blue Oxford Cloth cotton textile

MATERIAL DESCRIPTION
 
A variant of the basketweave pattern, with a three-ply twisted weft (80/2). Oxford cloth is considered a comfortable and versatile material that ages well and is a very popular choice for men's shirting. Typically combined with a button-down collar, which became a distinctly casual American look that was an outgrowth of Europe's more fickle attitude about fashion. Came to prominence during the 1950s via America’s growing confidence about its stature in the world and an updated nonchalant attitude about approachability and leisureliness in the workplace. Oftentimes the Oxford weaves uses two yarns which are of two slightly different color tones giving the fabric (visually) a slight course and thicker textured effect. The open basketweave makes it a very breathable fabric that is comfortable in both the summer and winter months. Originally made from pure cotton, but increasingly blended with other additional materials such as polyester and rayon for stretch or wrinkle-free characteristics. Machine washable retains shape, naturally resists wrinkles so requires little ironing. Good resistance to abrasion and chemical agents. For further information on the history of Oxford cloth shirts click here.
 TECHNICAL DETAILS
 
  • Weave - Oxford (80/2)
  • Composition - 100% Cotton
  • Pre-Shrunk - Yes
  • Additional Shrinkage - Very Low (1%)
  • Wrinkle Resistance - Medium
  • Care - Standard Launder / See: Garment Care
  • Colorfast Level - Very Strong