Fabric Planet

Estonian: kangas
German: Stoff
Japanese: nuno
Finnish: kanga
French: tissu
Italian: tessuto
Norwegian: Stoff
Polish: tkanina
Portuguese: pano / tecido
Russian: tkan
Spanish: tela / tejido
Swedish: tyg
Welsh: defnydd

Other major world languages that we still need if we’re going to be serious here!: Arabic(s), Bengali, Chinese(s), Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Javanese, Korean, Polish, Thai, Tagalog, Turkish, Romanian, Swahili, Vietnamese, and the dozens of other Indian and African languages.

I also would love to have images of words usually written in non-Latin alphabets.


  1. strikkelise says:

    Norwegian: stoff (common nouns start with a small letter, only names are capitalized)

    Danish: stof

    It’s fun to see the similarities and differences between different languages!

  2. Jonah says:

    Tagalog is the same as Spanish – tela. I could be wrong but I am almost positive.

  3. andrea says:

    Jonah, you’re right. In Tagalog it’s tela.

  4. Thystle says:

    Here’s a link to a dictionary showing a video clip of the American Sign Language sign for “fabric”

    You’ll need to navigate to the F’s then find the word for fabric.

  5. Ahava says:

    Can you see this?

    Russian: ткань (tkan)

  6. Patty says:

    Hello there! Delurking to let you know that the Korean word for fabric is ‘ot ggam’. Sorry I couldn’t figure out how to display it in the Korean alphabet, but that’s the pronunciation. I love your site!

  7. madmommy says:

    In Bosnian, my dictionary gives tkanina, materijal (the “j” is pronounced like the “y” in “you”), and stof.

  8. Feed Dog says:

    I’m totally keeping this list on my iPod for reference. Not that my international travels are super frequent, but who knows?

  9. Ahava says:

    Oh, and Hebrew is אריג, pronounced “areeg”, with emphasis on the ‘ee’.

  10. Vireya says:

    In Hindi it is कपड़ा (kapra) which is also the word for a garment.

  11. ginevra says:

    The Japanese looks like: 布 (in kanji, pictographs) or ぬの (in hiragana, the syllabary ) Aren’t langagues interesting? ;)

  12. Louisa says:

    Mandarin Chinese is buliao (布料)or just bu (布).

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  14. Devi says:

    Bahasa Indonesia: kain

  15. gulnari says:

    In Arabic: Qemash قماش

  16. Lova says:

    In Malagasy (Madagascar): lamba