I am having trouble finding a word similar to threadbare or worn out that represents a worn garment that has started to form a bead-like texture from extensive usage. Any ideas if such a word exists?

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The process is called "pilling". The small balls of fabric are "pills".

Pill (intransitive verb)

to become rough with or mat into little balls 'brushed woolens often pill'


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