A broad term for extremely strong woven fabrics which are used as a covering for pillows, mattresses, and box springs, home-furnishings, and for work clothes and sports clothes. lt is a heavy, tightly woven carded cotton
fabric usually in a pattern of alternately woven stripes in the warp
, Jacquard or dobby
designs, or printed patterns. lt is usually twill
but may be sateen
weave. When ticking is used in clothing, striped ticking with narrow woven stripes is usually most popular. Red and white, black and white, and navy and white are the most popular ticking color combinations.