Workwear FAQs

Workwear FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Workwear

Workwear comes in a variety of materials and thicknesses. Get the details below in this list of the most frequently asked questions about workwear.  

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What's the difference between firm duck and sandstone duck?

Duck and Sandstone Duck start out as the exact same cotton material, but the sandstone is micro-sanded and pre-washed so it is much softer with a distressed look. Shrinkage will be minimal with sandstone but up to 3–5% with unwashed cotton duck. Sandstone is not a color, but a process, of treating cotton material. View our Carhartt lining and shell guide for more information.

What is Chambray?

Chambray is a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across color threads.

What is Chamois?

Pronounced shammy, a Chamois is a small, goat-like animal. Chamois material is a cotton fabric made to imitate chamois leather.

What is Denier?

A denier is a unit of measure that denotes the thickness of a fiber used in a garment. A 15-denier fabric is very thin and transparent, while a 1000-denier fabric is very thick. The actual unit of measure is grams per 9,000 meters of yarn.