toile de poste

English translation: burlap/sailcloth/cotton canvas

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French term or phrase:toile de poste
English translation:burlap/sailcloth/cotton canvas
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00:59 Dec 9, 2010
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French term or phrase: toile de poste
It seems to be a type of canvas or cotton cloth. Used for clothes such as summer jackets, shorts etc.

Any ideas on the precise term would be very much appreciated!

e.g.: Le short baroudeur de toile de poste
Le pantalon baroudeur en matière un peu brute toile de poste
Lydia Smith
Local time: 00:28
burlap/sailcloth/cotton canvas
Explanation:
imo it could be any of these. Presume that "toile de poste" is equivalent of material in postbags which in English would be sackcloth, not good connotations at all!

However, bags/sacks are also made out of burlap, also used for summer clothes. It could also be sailcloth, which can actually be made from a variety io fabrics, depending on the type of sail, including, hemp, linen, cotton canvas etc.

You could also leave it as cotton canvas as a lot of summer clothes are made from this.
other summer fabrics, linen and calico have their own French translation and seersucker is left as is.
Hope this helps

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poplin also summer fabric but popeline in French

Cotton varieties and weaves include flannel, gauze, gingham, muslin, sailcloth, ...

Read more: Coolest Fabrics to Wear in Summer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6157357_coolest-fabrics-wear-summer...

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Note added at 1 hr (2010-12-09 02:56:13 GMT)
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sorry, had another thought, the fact that these trousers, shorts are for soldiers could mean "drill" ="coutil" or cotton/cavalry "twill"

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and, with further cogitation, I could also add"hessian" -a type of sackcloth but without the connotations, to the list of possibilities

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Thanks, glad to help
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Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 00:28
Grading comment
THank you, most helpful. I particularly like 'cotton canvas' here
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burlap/sailcloth/cotton canvas


Explanation:
imo it could be any of these. Presume that "toile de poste" is equivalent of material in postbags which in English would be sackcloth, not good connotations at all!

However, bags/sacks are also made out of burlap, also used for summer clothes. It could also be sailcloth, which can actually be made from a variety io fabrics, depending on the type of sail, including, hemp, linen, cotton canvas etc.

You could also leave it as cotton canvas as a lot of summer clothes are made from this.
other summer fabrics, linen and calico have their own French translation and seersucker is left as is.
Hope this helps

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Note added at 1 hr (2010-12-09 02:25:08 GMT)
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poplin also summer fabric but popeline in French

Cotton varieties and weaves include flannel, gauze, gingham, muslin, sailcloth, ...

Read more: Coolest Fabrics to Wear in Summer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6157357_coolest-fabrics-wear-summer...

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Note added at 1 hr (2010-12-09 02:56:13 GMT)
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sorry, had another thought, the fact that these trousers, shorts are for soldiers could mean "drill" ="coutil" or cotton/cavalry "twill"

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Note added at 15 hrs (2010-12-09 16:02:05 GMT)
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and, with further cogitation, I could also add"hessian" -a type of sackcloth but without the connotations, to the list of possibilities

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Note added at 4 days (2010-12-13 14:35:07 GMT) Post-grading
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Thanks, glad to help

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 00:28
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PRO pts in category: 85
Grading comment
THank you, most helpful. I particularly like 'cotton canvas' here

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Philippa Smith: All your suggestions sound good - very knowledgeable! If the clothes are fashion items, I'd probably opt for "cotton canvas"...
6 hrs
  -> thanks so much Philippa

agree  La Classe: Really informative
6 hrs
  -> many thanks La Classe

agree  emiledgar: Yes but I have doubts about clothing made from burlap. Another word one could use since it means so many different things to different people is "duck"
16 hrs
  -> thanks Emile, yes duck cotton possible, another sailcloth material, it's probably coarse material if for soldiers uniforms
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