A Glossary of Fabulous Fabrics (2)

October 16th, 2012 by Lily Leave a reply »

A Glossary of Fabulous Fabrics2Challis is a soft, fine, lightweight fabric made from wool fibers. It was originally used in India for shawls, and is available in solid colors or in intricate designs, such as paisley (see paisley).

Chambray is a fabric that is similar to denim (see denim) but it is lightweight with a plain weave. It is typically used for bed linens.

Chenille is a terrifically lush fabric that has the appearance of velvet but a distinct texture that inspired its name, which is French for “caterpillar”. It is soft and provides an understated elegance.

Chintz (also known as polished cotton) is a glazed cotton fabric that is coated with wax to give the fabric a lovely sheen. It is the epitome of European Country style, and usually is printed with nature scenes and florals.

Couduroy is a cotton or synthetic fabric characterized by soft vertical lines known as wales. It is informal, soft, and heavyweight and adds tremendous warmth and texture to casual rooms.

Cotton is a natural plant fiber that has been used in fabrics in the United States since the 1700s. It is spun and woven into many different fabrics of different weights which are durable and easy to care for.

Damask is a firm and lustrous fabric that is similar to brocade but with flatter patterns on the surface. It has a matte weave in the background with a stain-weave pattern that contrasts from the background.

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