Quick guide to the most common textile fabric abbreviations. Learn to decipher the label in your clothes

Textile abbrevations. What do they mean?

Are you concerned about what your clothes are made of? Do you want  to know what type of fabric was used?

Have you looked at the label only to find a bunch of confusing abbreviations that  make it look like no one actually wants you to figure it out.

Here is a go to resource list to help you decipher those crazy codes:

WO – Wool (Sheep by default)

WV – Virgin Fleece Wool

WP – Alpaca Wool

WL – Lama Wool

WS – Cashmere Goat

WM – Mohair (Goat Wool)

SE –  Silk

CO – Cotton

LI – Flax / Linen

HA – Hemp

CV – Viscose

CMD – Modal

CLY – Lyocell / Tencel

PA – Nylon / Polyamid

PES – Polyester

PUR – Polyurethane

EL – Spandex or Elastane

AF – Other Fibers

While this list works for most of Europe, the US and Canada there are some who like to be different.  Here are some other popular abbreviations.

WP – can also mean baby alpaca Wool

VI –  viscose

WK – camel hair wool

WA – angora wool

PBT -polyester

EA – elastane

PC – acrylic

PM – polyester


How do you say it in Finland, Sweeden, Germany or Holland.          Check this table out for fun!

international textile abbreviations


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