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Napped – A fuzzy, fur-like feel created when fiber ends extend from the basic fabric structure to the fabric surface. The fabric can be napped on either one or both sides.

Neoprene Fabric – A synthetic, rubbery material used in a wide variety of products from clothing to laptop cases to exercise weights. The material has been very popular in the fashion world in recent years. (read more about neoprene fabric)

Netting – An open mesh fabric of rayon, nylon, cotton, or silk; made in a variety of geometric-shaped meshes of different sizes and weights, matched to various end-uses. The net is made by knotting the intersections of thread or cord to form the mesh.

Nettle Fabric – This strong, lustrous fabric is derived from the nettle plant. The fabric is made from the fibers within the stalks of the plant. (read more about nettle fabric)

Noil – A silk fabric that is sportier in appearance and created by short fibers, often from the innermost part of the cocoon. Has the look of hopsack but much softer. Silk Noil (sometimes incorrectly called raw silk) has a nubby feel and a low sheen. Noil somewhat resembles cotton in surface texture, and sews easily. The nubby texture of noil comes from the use of very short fibers that are used to weave the fabric. When these short fibers are spun into yarns, the resulting yarns have occasional slubs and loose ends. Nubs vary between different weaves. Noil which has not been completely de-gummed (had the natural sericin removed), may easily attract dirt and odors.