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PLA:
polylactic acid—a synthetic polymer formed from plant-based material and used as the starting material for a new range of fibres.
Last referenced in: Talking strategy: corporate social responsibility at Tommy Hilfiger (Global Apparel Markets Issue 3)

Placement print:
a fabric printed with a single motif, such as a portrait head, for display on a particular part of a garment, as opposed to a fabric printed with a repeat pattern.

Plasma:
ionised gas.
Last referenced in: Waterproof breathable fabrics: demand for comfort is driving innovation (Performance Apparel Markets Issue 46)

Plating:
a process for making a knitted fabric from two yarns of different properties-one on the face of the fabric, the other on the back.
Last referenced in: Sewing needles and threads for technical textiles (Technical Textile Markets Issue 93)

Plied yarns:
see folded yarn.

Plissé:
a French term, meaning pleated, which is applied to fabrics with a puckered or crinkled effect.

Ply:
the number of layers in a fabric. Also used to denote the number of yarns twisted together to form a single thread or yarn.
Last referenced in: Global technical textiles business update, 3rd quarter 2008 (Technical Textile Markets Issue 74)

Ply yarn:
see folded yarn.

Pointelle:
a form of knit stitch resembling lace.

Polar fleece:
a fleece-back jersey fabric.

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