Oxford fabric

An innovative material with a wide range of applications, which is characterized by a special weave and excellent performance. It is indispensable in the production of sports, military and children’s clothing, tourist equipment and even furniture products. At the moment, there are a huge number of completely different fabrics that are distributed under the Oxford brand. They should not be confused with the classic fabric of this type.

Origin story

It goes back to the 19th century, the pattern of which resembles a reed basket. Unlike ordinary weave, in this fabric the warp and weft threads overlap not one by one, but in whole groups. The result is a surface covered with embossed squares. Classic Oxford fabric (eng. Oxford) — traditionally used for sewing men’s shirts (shirts).

Modern Oxford

Synthetic material. It is distinguished by a special weaving called «gunny» or another name — «Panamanian weaving», when, when weaving fibers, the fabric turns out to be made up of embossed squares in a checkerboard pattern. It is often treated with a polyurethane or PVC coating, which ensures the waterproofness of the finished product. Most often, Oxford is made on the basis of polyester or nylon, that is, in any case, it is an unnatural fabric, namely synthetic, but it has a number of advantages that allow it to be used to sew clothes for various purposes and equipment.


Oxford fabric is divided into several types depending on the thickness of the thread underlying the fabric: 210 den, 240 den, 300 den, 420 den, 600 den, 1800 den. In addition to strength, Oxford boasts other characteristics such as resistance to chemicals and reagents, durability, wear resistance and waterproofing. If the material is made on the basis of polyester, heat resistance and light resistance can also be added here. Oxford fabrics are used in the production of Cube army tents, canopies, backpacks and bags, shoes, overalls.

Positive characteristics of Oxford

  • water resistance and water repellency
  • wear resistance
  • dirt resistance
  • heat resistance — the material is able to maintain its properties at temperatures ranging from -50 (frost resistance) to +110 (heat resistance), high strength, increased resistance to abrasion of threads and, at the same time, ease of maintenance!
  • Coating PU (polyurethane) internally colorless coating that provides waterproof and windproof properties of the fabric.
  • It is resistant to organic solvents.
  • The water resistance of PU coated fabric varies from 200 to 5000 mm of water column.

The fabric is available in several types depending on the thickness of the thread. The density of the material is determined by the thickness of the threads used in the composition of the fabric and is measured in DEN. Usually this number can be from 150 to 1600. The higher the number, the thicker the threads and the denser, coarser the fabric.

150 den

The thinnest material that holds its shape well and drapes well at the same time. This type of fabric is used to make light jackets and raincoats, trousers and overalls, bags and thin cases, and is used as the top layer when sewing down jackets.

210 den

This fabric is denser than 150den. All kinds of tourist equipment, light equipment for hunters and fishermen, life jackets are made from it. Oxford fabric is indispensable in the production of overalls and uniforms for employees of departmental organizations. Jackets, bags, backpacks, awnings, hats are made from this amazing material.

240 den

Sufficiently strong matter suitable for the manufacture of tents and backpacks, equipment for tourism and outdoor activities, awnings for various vehicles. To improve the water-repellent properties, the fabric is impregnated with polyurethane.

300 den

This dense and tough fabric can be treated with both polyurethane and PVC. Shoes, bags and suitcases, accessories and haberdashery items, waist belts and fishing gear are made from it.

600 den

It is used for the manufacture of awnings for trade tents, tourist furniture and equipment, bags, accessories, haberdashery, jackets and raincoats designed for extreme conditions. Often comes with a camouflage print.

1800 den

The most dense fabric, very heavy, with a rigid texture. It is used as material for tailoring of awnings.

As for the color scheme, Oxford, unfortunately, cannot boast of a wide range of shades. This is primarily due to the scope of the material. The most common solid colors are shades of green, beige, gray and black. There are also blue, orange, white, yellow and red. But printed species are becoming more and more. For every taste for men, women and children.


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