March 3, 2013 by Ville Raivio
Barathea wool was born in England as a mourning cloth. The fabric can be made from cotton, wool, silk or synthetic blends. It is usually made from worsted yarns in a close twill hopsack or broken rib weave. Two weft yarns cross each warp yarn to create a strong, durable fabric. When pulled, the weave stretches very little and most fabrics have a weight of 300 to 500 grams. The cloth has a fine texture, a matt finish and a slightly pebbled surface with slight regular twill lines running in opposite directions. The cloth has a similar surface on both sides. Today barathea is used mainly for men’s tailored formalwear: morning and evening dress, mess dress and Highland formalwear as well as dinner suits.