“Fabric” in Other Languages Updated

I realized I never posted an update to our multilingual list of terms for “fabric.” I was happy to discover either my browser or WordPress renders all the non-Latin alphabets correctly for me — I hope it’s the same for you. I also made the list its own page so you can always find it directly from the front page.

American Sign Language: see video here (need to navigate to “f” and click “fabric”)
Arabic: قماش (qemash)
Bahasa Indonesia: kain
Bosnian: tkanina
Danish: stoff
Dutch: Stoff
Estonian: kangas
German: Stoff
Hebrew: אריג (areeg)
Hindi: कपड़ा (kapra)
Japanese: 布 (kanji alphabet), ぬの (hiragana alphabet), pronounced “nuno”
Korean: ot ggam
Finnish: kanga
French: tissu
Italian: tessuto
Malagasy (Madagascar): lamba
Mandarin Chinese: buliao (布料) or bu(布)
Norwegian: stoff
Polish: tkanina
Portuguese: pano / tecido
Russian: ткань (tkan)
Spanish: tela / tejido
Swedish: tyg
Tagalog: tela
Turkish: KumaÅŸ
Welsh: defnydd

Any additions or corrections? Please let me know in the comments.

4 Comments

  1. To the Italian one, you might want to add “stoffa”. It would then be as complete as the Spanish translation. Good job!

  2. Annemari says:

    There’s one “s” missing from the end of the word in the Finnish translation. It is written “kangas” just like in Estonian.

    You’ve made a nice list! :)

  3. Carina says:

    For the Danish one, there’s only one f, ‘stof’. (-:

  4. suegene says:

    For Korean, the most commonly used word for fabric would be 천 “cheon” (rhymes with “fun”). 옷감 “ot gam” is also used and literally means “clothing material”.