Articles that discuss about all types of fabrics.

The History of How Flannel Came to Popularity

The History of Flannel’s Popularity

The history of flannel dates back to the 17th century in the Scottish Highlands. During that time, farmers wore warm garments in order to protect themselves from harsh elements that defined the historic region. Fast forward today, the term flannel is used either with plaid or tartan despite the actual fabric being associated to various patterns. (Picture from www.leevalleyireland.com) Flannel has been popular since its humble beginnings. In fact, you can see it being used from shirts and skirts ...

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The History of the Sewing Fabric Called Cashmere

Sewing Fabric: The History of Cashmere

Cashmere fabric is shed down yearly from goats living in the dry highlands that stretch from northern China into Mongolia, surrounding the Gobi Desert. In order for these creatures to survive, they have coarse hair that repels the bad weather. Beneath that coat lies a much finer fiber, cashmere, which insulates these animals from the cold. (Picture from www.foottraffic.com) This fiber is the sleekest, softest and luxurious natural fiber the world has ever seen and it requires the highest standar...

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How Wool is Made Cloth and its Characteristics

How Wool is Made Into Cloth

There’s no doubt that have heard a lot about wool fabrics, or that they know it’s associated with sheep. However, only few of them actually know how clothes are made out of it. In fact, history states that the primitive men wore the first cloth made from wool. They found out that its durability can protect them from heat and cold. But, going back, how is wool being made into clothes? The First Process is Called Shearing (Picture from www.weebly.com) The process is usually done once a year, w...

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Definition and Characteristics of Chambray Fabric

What is a Chambray Fabric?

Chambray, although quite similar to denim, is a double-ply cotton fabric with a tight weave. It consists of white filler thread woven using a colored background thread. However, unlike denim, it has a plain weave, thus it is smoother and lighter in weight. Moreover, it is rugged but light, making it apt for work wear as well as summer-weight shirts and/or skirts. The Look and Feel More often than not, Chambray comes in blue yet can be found in various colors. The colored threads might appear pre...

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An Introduction to Organic Fabrics Used in Sewing

Organic Fabrics

There is an increasing focus on ecology, and with good reason. Unlike food, what we eat does not matter; but we all have the substance against our skin all day. There are more and more various forms of allergy developing. Once you are suffering from allergies, you won’t just consider organic fabrics. It’s more of applying as much as about preventing the development of allergies later on. It’s also of less importance if you sew clothes for your kids. Basically, children are susceptible to a...

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The History, Creation and How Brocade Fabrics Are Used

Brocade: History, Creation and Usage

Brocade is considered as one of the several shuttle-woven fabrics that come with intricate patterns, which often includes a selection of flowers, plants and other natural images. It is usually woven using a selection of various types of silk that are accented with metallic threads as a means of adding texture and visual interest. More so, this fabric is used in several of different applications, such as formal wear and stage costuming. Creation of Brocade Typically, a draw loom is used to create...

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Delve Linen’s Well-Cultivated History and Popularity

Delve into Linen’s Well-Cultivated History and Popularity

Linen is amongst first fibers that people made into string and cloth. It comes from the flax plant, which grows all over the Mediterranean region and Central Asia. A flax plant is tall and reed-likethat has long fibers, making it easy to spin into thread. The plants are usually picked, and then left to soak in a tub of water or a stream until the hard outside stem rots away and leaves the long, soft fibers underneath. This process is called Flax Retting. (Picture from www.archiexpo.com) Backgro...

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