Worsted wool is easily identified by its straight, parallel fibers. Named for the village of Worstead, England, worsted fabric is made from worsted yarns, which are wool fibers that have been combed to ensure that they all lie in the same direction and remain parallel. The crimp of the original wool is removed through the combing process, creating a material with the benefits of wool and a distinctive feel.
The resulting fabric is lightweight and drapes well, and if often used for suits, coats and accessories. Worsted wool should be hand washed or dry cleaned only, as the delicate nature of wool may lead to shrinkage or damage in machine washers.