made from double cocoons nested together. Threads are uneven and
irregular. It is used for loose fitting garments like unstructured
a ribbed, with a delicate gloss. It is a substantial fabric soft
fabric that drapes well. It is ideal for slacks and dresses. You’ll
also find it used for coats and suits
is a sheer fabric
heavier the chiffon.
in weight but is generally is lightweight also known as China
silk. It is used for almost every kind of garment Dresses, Shirts,
scarves, dressy suiting etc…. It is probably the variety you see most
has a raised woven
design, gives the appearance of being puckered. It
is used mostly for bedding but I have seen really cool jackets made
Is a sheer crisp plain
weave fabric made with a medium to high thread count. It is often used
for wedding dresses.
Peau de Sole
It is robust and supple with a fine cross grain. It is often used in
formal garment as
well as corsets.
Pongee and raw are
sometimes used interchangeably with Tussah . It
has the hand of raw although it is thin, soft and usually washable.
A luster fabric made by
a basic satin weave ( a satin weave is characterized by long floats of
yarn on the face of the fabric’s surface). Satin is widely used for any
formal or dressy event. It is often used in bridal gowns as well.
Is a kind of Duopioni.
It has a soft sheen and a nubby texture and is used mostly in loose
is lightweight and feels
a bit like cotton only softer and has a dull luster to it . It is used
for blouses and dresses and pajamas.
is a knotted yarn in a
plain weave. It has the look and
attribute of linen. Has a great drape and comes both in lightweight and
heavy. Used for a variety of garments. This linen does not like heat.
Noil is another name for raw. It is used in all manner of garments.
From structured suits
to loose fitting jackets, slacks and tanks. You’ll know it by the
natural kind of down to earth look. It is nubby and irregular.
there are two distinctly
two kinds of taffeta. Yarn dyed taffeta is crisp with a
smooth hand. It has a soft shine ad is used as an outer fabric in
eveningwear and bridal wear. Piece dyed taffeta is soft also
with a soft sheen and is used for linings.
Velvet has a silk backing with a rayon pile. It is incredibly soft to
the touch. It is used primarily for formal and very dressy occasions,
though it can be used in really interesting ways when mixed with other