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A length of fabric of customarily accepted unit length.

Note: A frequent contract practice is for the purchaser to specify a minimum piece length below which no pieces will be accepted. Alternatively, a ‘cut-through’ allowance is specified, the seller has to make in the case of all pieces less than the specified figure. The reason for such practices is the greater liability to waste in cutting out from short-length pieces than standard-length pieces. The term ‘piece’ is applied at all stages of fabric manufacture although often qualified, e.g., grey piece, or loomstate piece, the qualification is understood in commercial practice.
also termed bolt

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