An 8-oz. cotton twill, Zambezi Cloth is 25% more substantial than typical chino cloth, and offers an excellent balance between strength and wrinkle resistance. Over the years, it has proven itself a versatile fabric ideal for use in travel clothing. A close look at this twill’s distinctive diagonal pattern reveals the reasons for its longevity. Extra horizontal or warp yarns, known as fill yarns, enhance strength, resiliency, and relative stretch while maintaining suppleness. The twill fabric comes off the loom as a relatively heavy cloth. Each Zambezi Twill piece is then garment washed repeatedly, leaving the cloth with a characteristic soft, broken-in appearance and feel.
Zambezi Twill is nearly identical in construction to Byrd Cloth, worn by Admiral Byrd and his team in global explorations from the pole to the tropics. Later it was adopted for use by the British Army in the 1940s and was considered the gold-standard in military fabrics for a generation; its tightly packed structure shielding wearers from the elements — including tropical insects.