Entering a fashion fabric department of a large retail shop can evoke mixed feelings for anyone interested in fashion or dressmaking. It can either fill you with excitement or leave you feeling overwhelmed due to the variety of fabrics and options available.
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A "fabric" is any flexible material made from yarn, fibres, polymeric film, foam, or any combination of these methods.
Textile is the broad term for many different kinds of fabric.
When the word "textiles" was first used, it only meant woven fabrics. But weaving is not the only way to make things. Over time, many other ways were found to make textile structures for different uses. Other popular ways to make fabrics are by knitting and not weaving.
After they are made, textiles are processed and finished to make them look better, change how they feel, or make them more useful. Textile making is the oldest form of industrial art.
Textiles can be decorated in different ways by dying, printing, and embroidery.
Fashion fabrics can generally be classified as either natural or synthetic, with natural fibres classified as of animal or plant origin.
Clothes can be made from cotton, flax, jute, hemp, modal, banana, bamboo, lotus, eucalyptus, mulberry, and sugarcane. The fibres from pineapples and ramie are also used to make clothes, usually with other fibres like cotton.
Nettles have also been used to make fibre and fabric that are very similar to hemp or flax. People have also used the fibre from the stalks of milkweed, but it tends to be weaker than other fibres like hemp or flax.
The lacebark tree's inner bark is like a fine net that has been used to make clothes, accessories and even useful things like rope.
Some fabrics, like silks, velvets, and taffetas, can be made to shine more by adding acetate.
Seaweed is used to make textiles. A water-soluble fibre called alginate is made and used as a holding fibre. When the fabric is done, the alginate is dissolved, leaving a space.
Rayon is a man-made fabric made from the fibres of plants. Depending on the type, rayon can look and feel like silk, cotton, wool, or linen.
Hemp Fibre is made from the hemp plant and has a yellowish-brown colour. The fibres are rougher, stronger, and lighter, and they have a coarser texture.
Wool is the hair of a domestic sheep or goat. It is different from other types of animal hair because each strand is covered with scales and tightly coiled, and the wool as a whole is coated with a wax mixture called lanolin which makes it waterproof and dirtproof.
Woolen yarn is made from non-parallel fibres that have been carded, while worsted yarn is made from long fibres that have been combed to be parallel.
Alpaca wool, Vicuña wool, llama wool, and camel hair are also animal textiles made from hair or fur. They are often used to make coats, jackets, ponchos, blankets, and other warm coverings.
Cashmere wool comes from the hair of the Indian cashmere goat and Mohair wool comes from the hair of the angora goat. It is used to make things like sweaters and scarves.
Silk is made from the fibres of the cocoon of the silkworm, which are then spun into a smooth fabric and are valued for how soft it is.
Synthetic textiles are chemically constructed and include:
Care and maintenance of fabrics include two aspects: Keeping the material free of damage and refreshing its appearance by removing stains and dirt.
You can wash different kinds of fabric together, but only if the fabrics can be washed at the same temperature. For example, linen and cotton can be washed together at 30 or 40 degrees, and wool and viscose can be washed together at 30 degrees.
Wash dark colours with dark colours, bright colours with bright colours, and whites with whites. Do not mix colours in the wash, or the dye will run.
How to Wash Different Fabrics
When looking for Fashion Fabrics, the main things you should consider are:
The durability of the fabric.
The cleanability of the fabric.
The potential of the fabric to fade.
Further, your choice will depend on your project.