there are lots of different clothing items being manufactured today. Let’s assume that each item is manufactured of one type of fabric (at least in my wardrobe I don’t see much stuff with multiple types). Ignoring color differences, how many fabric samples would we need to have in a fabrics catalog to capture the “majority” of garment products out there? (I cannot qualify “majority” any further because I don’t know anything about the shape of the underlying distribution)
Another way of asking the same question would be, how many types of fabric (excluding color differences) get manufactured in large quantities today?
A related question. Do actual clothing manufacturers have their own ad hoc fabric catalog of this sort lying around in their office for use when making decisions about creation of new products for which fabric will need to be ordered? Or how do the professionals deal with the task of “visualizing the properties of the fabric” which simple humans like myself usually accomplish at the store via the sense of touch?