a fabric production technique in which fabric is knitted in the form of a tube. Usually, this is subsequently slit and finished as open width fabric. However, in the case of smaller width machines, the circular knitting process is used to make body width tubes which need not be slit, thus avoiding the need for a seam and thereby increasing wearer comfort. These machines can be further modified to knit body blanks which incorporate some shaping and are separated by a draw-thread. Last referenced in: Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in China (Textile Outlook International Issue 168)
a lightweight performance fabric with a shiny surface made from synthetic fibres for use in outerwear.