Fabric structure


All fabrics are either woven, knitted or non-woven.

Woven fabrics. There are many different weaves:

Plain weave is most common. It makes fabric strong, firm and hardwearing. Many fibres can be used. It can be used for loads of end products.

Twill weave gives fabric diagonal lines across it. It gives fabric a good drape and can produce distinctive patterns. Many fibres can be used. Many end uses can be produced, more common are suits, jackets, jeans and curtains, heavier fabrics.

Satin weave is warp faced so has a smooth shiny front and a dull back. It has a good drape so is used for curtain linings, evening wear, upholstery and ribbons. It can be made from cotton, polyester, acetate or silk.

Velvet has a…


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