What is moleskin fabric?

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Though the name suggests it, moleskin isn’t made of mole skin.
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A practical and versatile alternative to chinos or jeans, moleskin is a fabric with a history as rich as the colours its available in. We may know it as moleskin, but this is simply a nod to the soft texture of this cotton-based fabric – no moles are harmed in the production of this material.

Moleskin fabric is made from cotton, which is sheared to create a smooth textured surface that feels like the skin of the soil loving mole. Soft and hard wearing, it is a popular alternative to fabrics like wool or linen.

All will be revealed as we take a trip into the makeup, style and history of moleskin.
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