From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wigan \Wig"an\, n.
   A kind of canvaslike cotton fabric, used to stiffen and
   protect the lower part of trousers and of the skirts of
   women's dresses, etc.; -- so called from Wigan, the name of a
   town in Lancashire, England.
   [1913 Webster]
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