Donegal tweed (an example of herringbone)
Reversible camouflage HBTs

Herringbone, also called broken twill weave,[1] describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.[2] Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular cloths used for suits and outerwear.[3] Tweed cloth is often woven with a herringbone pattern.

Fatigue uniforms made from cotton in this weave were used by several militaries during and after World War II; in US use, they were often called HBTs.[4][5]


Various herringbone weaves have been found in antiquity:

See also


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  3. ^ Fashion Institute of Technology (2006). ""The Tailor's Art," Menswear Fabrics - A Glossary". The Museum at FIT. Archived from the original on 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  4. ^ Stanton, Shelby (1992). "Summer Work and Service Uniforms". U.S. Army Uniforms of the Korean War. Stackpole Books. pp. 86–98. ISBN 0811729524.
  5. ^ Robinson, Aaron (2009-08-19). "Storming Normandy in a World War II Jeep". Car and Driver. Hearst Magazine Media, Inc. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  6. ^ a b c Fulbright, Diana (2010). "Akeldama repudiation of Turin Shroud omits evidence from the Judean Desert" (PDF). Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Scientific approach to the Acheiropoietos Images.
  7. ^ Shamir, Orit (2015). "A burial textile from the first century CE in Jerusalem compared to roman textiles in the land of Israel and the Turin Shroud". SHS Web of Conferences.
  8. ^ Tyrer, John (December 1981). "Looking at the Turin Shroud as a Textile" (PDF). Textile Horizons.
  9. ^ Bailey, Geoff P. (2019). "The Falkirk Tartan" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Tartan Details - Falkirk". The Scottish Register of Tartans. Archived from the original on 2023-01-18. Retrieved 2023-02-01.