Classic and Modern Fabrics: The Complete Illustrated Sourcebook, by Janet Wilson, is a comprehensive, illustrated A-Z reference book describing all the major fabrics in circulation today; a textile sourcebook with 834 colour illustrations and over 600 entries, from abbot cloth to zibeline.

The Classic and Modern Fabrics website provides further information about the book and how to obtain a copy.  It is also an invaluable online resource for anyone wanting to source fabrics. Click FABRIC SOURCING for the contact details of suppliers of the various fabrics discussed in the book. There is also information about TEXTILE LECTURES associated with the book and a CONTACT page where readers can send any information updates.


Aran fabric


Bouclé fabric (woven)

Canton crêpe

Cellular fabric (warp-knitted)

Chenille fabric (woven)


Houndstooth Check

Nonwoven fabric

Paisley (printed)

Resist-dyed fabric (plangi)

Sequinned fabric