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Basic Woven Structures

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Basic Woven Structures

There are three main categories of techniques used to produce fabric: woven, knit and non-woven. The way in which yarns interact with themselves or each other determines the category.  Woven fabrics are made up of two sets of yarns interlacing with each other. The two sets of yarns are known as the warp and the weft. The warp is the set of yarns that run vertically along the loom and the weft are the yarns that run horizontally. Some of the basic weaves are Plain Weave, Sateen, Satin, Twill and Basket. Thread Count Often, you may see thread count (or TC) mentioned...

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Satin, Sateen and Silk

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Satin, Sateen and Silk

There is often confusion between what is silk, satin or sateen, if satin and silk are interchangeable terms and if sateen is a fancy way of saying satin. These are all incorrect! Satin and sateen are actually two different types of weaves and silk is a type of fiber. So a satin fabric is not always made out of silk, but silk yarns can be woven into a fabric in either satin or sateen weave constructions. Silk Silk is a filament and protein fiber that is derived from the cocoons of silk worms. Fibers are categorized based on where the...

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Thread Count & GSM

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Thread Count & GSM

Thread Count Often, you may see thread count or TC mentioned in product listings. The TC stands for thread count. Thread count refers to the number of yarns in a square inch of a woven fabric. Woven fabrics are made up of two sets of yarns interlacing with each other. The two sets of yarns are known as the warp and the weft. The warp is the set of yarns that run vertically along the loom and the weft are the yarns that run horizontally. The thread count of a fabric is calculated by using both the EPI (ends per...

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Woven vs. Knit

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Woven vs. Knit

Fabrics are a product of various textile techniques that utilize yarns or groups of yarns interacting with themselves or each other to create a complete textile. The way in which these yarns interact with each other determines their category. There are three main categories of techniques used to produce fabric: Woven, Knit and Non-woven. Non-woven fabrics are made out of fibers either pressed or matted together such as bark cloth and felt. For soft home products such as comforters, duvet covers and sheets woven and knit are two the most commonly found fabrics in the market. Woven fabrics are made...

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Yarn Dyed Woven vs. Printed

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Yarn Dyed Woven vs. Printed

Patterns can be created or applied to textiles in many different ways. Two of those methods are through weaving and printing. Prints are applied to the surface of the fabric after the fabric is woven. Prints can be applied to fabrics in a variety of methods, a few of which will be discussed in another upcoming article, so stay tuned! In yarn dyed designs, the design is created during the weaving process. Due to the more complicated production process yarn dyed designs tend to cost more than printed items.  However, there are some prints which are designed to create the...

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