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Heddle
Common component of a loom used to separate warp threads for passage of the weft. Commonly made of cord or wire.
Hem
To hem a piece of cloth (in sewing), a garment worker folds up a cut edge, folds it up again, and then sews it down. The process of hemming thus completely encloses the cut edge in cloth, so that it cannot ravel.
A hem is also the edge of cloth hemmed in this manner.
Hemp
The main uses of hemp fibre are rope, sacking, carpet, nets and webbing. Hemp is also being used in increasing quantities in paper manufacturing. The cellulose content is about 70%.
Huckaback
Huckaback is a type of coarse absorbent cotton or linen fabric used for making towels.

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