Goods/Fabric

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Equipment classification: A - Protections, Safety (Armor, Clothing, Insulation), Augments[edit]

Fabric is the construction material for clothing and several other types of goods. Fabric is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibers (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of animal fur, processed plant material or artificial material such as metal or mineral fiber to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, tatting, felting, or braiding.

The basic measurement of thread is dtex (denier; deci-tex), defined as grams per 10 kilometers of yarn or thread. Microfiber fabrics must be made with thread that is less than one denier. Ultralight fabrics, which are often used in technically advanced clothing and tents are usually made with 10dtex to 20dtex thread. Standard weight fabrics used for clothing are usually between 40dtex and 80dtex. Super heavy-duty fabrics might weigh in at 100dtex to 600dtex and found in gear like backpacks and duffel bags.

The basic measure of fabric mass is g/m2, which ranges from 10 g/m2 to 200 g/m2. The mass of fabric depends on both the size of the thread (dtex) and the density of the weave.

Listed here are a few of the more unusual fabrics, each with their own unique properties. Most fabrics and textiles are listed as trade goods and given no special entry.


Abrstia (fabric)

Abrstia (fabric)
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr1
Size 0.05 liter
Weight 40g
per square meter

Abrstia is a textile produced within the Zhodani Consulate. Abrstia fabric derives from the Abrstia, a domesticated animal native to Zhdant (Zhodane 2719). The Abristia covering is a fibrous feather analog closer to the wool on Terran sheep than the feathers on a Terran avian. This fiber can be woven into a fine cloth. Abristia-cloth is valued throughout the known galaxy by merchants and traders.

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Carapace

Carapace
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–14
Cost Cr8,000
Size 0.05 liter
Weight 50g
Manufacturer Aghni-Deneb
per square meter

Carapace is a blending of ballistic cloth and schirusz that has proved very popular with nobles and the affluent.

It is usually fashioned into bodysuits, carapace has all the advantages of ballistic cloth with the softness and comfort of the best luxury fabric. Though not as silky as schirusz, it still retains 90% of that fabric's ability to cling to the body like a second skin. Created by Aghni-Deneb Ltd, in 932.

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Dyrocellus Cloth

Dyrocellus
Type Explosive
Tech Level TL–9
Cost Cr300
Size 0.03 liters
Weight 30g
Per square meter

Dyrocellus Cloth is a development of nitrocellulose and has the texture and feel of cotton cloth with the an explosive power equal to a similar amount of nitrocellulose.

The material can be exploded by detonator or exposure to 750°F heat. Dyrocellus cloth can be made into any article of clothing but is usually made into easily removed fashion accessories (hats, scarves, sashes, et.al.). The material is contraband in the Trelyn Domain, Die Weltbund, and Intercourse/Delta.

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Evelene

Evelene
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–10
Cost Cr55
Size 0.03 litre
Weight 30g
Manufacturer Wolomi Corporation
per square meter

Evelene is a temperature-sensitive material, manufactured by the Wolomi Corporation. It has the property of reacting to temperature changes. The fabric consists of ring-shaped cells, around 10,000 per square millimetre. When the ambient temperature drops below 18°C the cells puff up, trapping air and making the material thicker and warmer. When the temperature rises above 18°C the cells shrink, expelling the air and thinning out, making the material thinner and cooler. No matter what the temperature Evelene is showerproof, being able to stop rain traveling at 30kmph.

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Ghelinsil

Ghelinsil
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–10
Cost Cr200
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.2 kg
Per liter

Ghelinsil is a jellied synthetic material that solidifies to a tough, rubbery fabric when applied over the body and exposed to air.

It is used as temporary hostile environment suit or wetsuit. It is air-permeable and equal in protection to ballistic cloth when hardened, usually in ten minutes.

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Groatle

Groatle
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr30
Size 0.4 liters
Weight 35g
Also see Groat
Per Square meter

The Groat's shaggy hair, known as Groatle, is the most obvious resource it provides. Once sheared, cleaned, and groomed, it has a softness and silkiness rivaling the finest synthetic. In addition, Groatle contains a high concentration of metal salts, which has two beneficial effects: First, Groatle cloth is proof against most pest lifeforms which eat animal fibers. Second, a simple chemical treatment brings out an iridescent, shimmering quality which is very attractive.

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Kolwern Silk

Kolwern Silk
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–7
Cost Cr2,000
Size 0.2 liters
Weight 20 g
Per square meter

Kolwern Silk is a silk processed from the web of the giant Kolwer's Spider from Omega Sextans (The Beyond 0304), prized for its iridescent color and extreme toughness, and capable of being layered into an armored cloth. Traders have been known to get upwards of Cr10,000 per meter in some areas of the Imperium.

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Levanex

Levanex
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–12
Cost Cr100
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 20g
per square meter

Levanex is a light, tough fabric that is a good vapor barrier from the outside in and ventilates well from the inside out. This provides an excellent barrier to outside moisture. Levanex also resists lightly corrosive environments quite well. It also has great rip resistance.

A special stretch variation of the fabric is also available, called "levanex-R".

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Ponsonby's Velvet (fabric)

Ponsonby's Velvet
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–1
Cost Cr3
Size 0.04 liter
Weight 40g
Per square meter

Ponsonby's Velvet fabric, made from the Ponsonby's Velvet plant, is a simple cloth and colonists made it their principal clothing material. Natural colors range from a pale tan (the commonest) to a deep green and a blood red (the most prized). Velvet may be colored with vegetable dyes, but synthetic dyes will poison the plant, causing it to disintegrate.

Velvet reproduces by spores, which form on the surface of the plant and drop away to be blown by the wind. A garment may "go lint" at any time. If a spore lands where food is available, it will grow. The velvet can use just about any organic carbon molecule as food including bearing lubricants, garbage, and petrochemical fuels.

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Schirusz

Schirusz
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–12
Cost Cr2,000
Size 0.02 liter
Weight 20g
per square meter

Schirusz, a textile fabric, also known by its trade names of Thermalsilk or MemoryCloth. It is a silky, synthetic fabric that, fashioned into garments, shrinks or expands (activated by the wearer's body heat) to fit like a second skin on the wearer's body.

Schirusz is air-permeable and very comfortable to wear. It is often correctly touted as the next best thing to being naked. It is so snug that some sophonts wear under- or overgarments for modesty's sake. This fabric is often used to tailor nudesuits.

Schirusz is made by several concerns in the Imperium. The price for this fabric is inside the Imperium, and can cost Cr5,000-Cr15,000 outside the Third Imperium. Its main markets in the Beyond are the Mapepire Cluster (especially Lilith), Eslyat Magistracy, and Die Weltbund as well as the Trelyn Domain in the Vanguard Reaches. It is also a popular item for hijacking and resale on planets where the cloth would not normally affordable.

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Surshi Cloth

Surshi Cloth
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–2
Cost Cr500
Size 0.02 liters
Weight 20g

A rare trade commodity from Zurrian (Vland 2016). Surshi Cloth is produced by a local insect which has been altered and conditioned to spin its webbing in sheets of delicate, iridescent material. Attempts to raise these insects elsewhere have failed.

The natives of Zurrian keep hives of these insects as other humans keep Shaccas or bees, and harvest the cloth periodically. The local aristocracy claims 10% of the harvest but otherwise leaves the populace to its own devices. The cleaned cloth is shipped all over the sector - for those who can afford it. It is strong for its weight and a surshi garment retains its beauty for many years.

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Tao'l-silk

Tao'l-silk
Type Fabric
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr50
Size 0.02 liters
Weight 20g
per square meter

Tao'l-silk is a natural fiber produced by the Tao'l Spider, a genetically engineered creature native to Silk (Dagudashaag 2440). Each family line of Tao'l Spider produces a unique patterned cloth, and the small patterned cloths are woven or sewn together to make clothing or other objects.

Each Tao'l Spider is a genetically altered three-meter long creature specifically bred to produce particular patterns of silk cloth. Each spider produces the same pattern throughout their life. They can produce up to 75 square centimeters square of cloth per day, weaving their single thread with each of their 800 minor legs.

Trade in Tao'l-silk is exclusively controlled by the ruling houses of Silk.

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12 Fabric items[edit]

Item Type TL Size Weight Cost
Abrstia (fabric) Fabric 0 0.05 liter 40g Cr1
Carapace Fabric 14 0.05 liter 50g Cr8,000
Dyrocellus Cloth Explosive 9 0.03 liters 30g Cr300
Evelene Fabric 10 0.03 litre 30g Cr55
Ghelinsil Fabric 10 1.0 liter 1.2 kg Cr200
Groatle Fabric 0 0.4 liters 35g Cr30
Kolwern Silk Fabric 7 0.2 liters 20 g Cr2,000
Levanex Fabric 12 1.0 liter 20g Cr100
Ponsonby's Velvet (fabric) Fabric 1 0.04 liter 40g Cr3
Schirusz Fabric 12 0.02 liter 20g Cr2,000
Surshi Cloth Fabric 2 0.02 liters 20g Cr500
Tao'l-silk Fabric 0 0.02 liters 20g Cr50