This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Huckaback (Huck'-A-Back). [A corruption of huckster-back, which in early times signified any sort of "pedler's ware." Often shortened to huck.\ A coarse and very durable cloth of linen, or linen and cotton, woven with alternate elevations and depressions, so as to present a rough face. It is used especially for towels and is made in separate towels or in lengths which may be cut at will. Huckaback is also made of all cotton woven with a honeycomb pattern.