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(pronounced HAIR-ing-bohn)

This term describes a very traditional type of pattern in which rows of parallel lines in any two adjacent rows slope in opposite directions. It’s much harder to describe than it is to draw, so just look at the images we’ve included here. Once you are aware of it, herringbone can be found almost everywhere you look: brick paving, wood flooring, cane webbing, and, of course, fabric. In fact, it is common for the term to be used to describe the fabric itself – usually a twilled one – rather than the pattern on the fabric. (The English love their traditional herringbone suits.)