Different Types of Satin

Different Types of Satin

Different Types of Satin 

Recently we told you all about Satin its care and uses and how it is the fabric of royalty, well now let us introduce you to all the different types of satin. Prized for centuries this fabric has been thought of as the most luscious fabric in existence. Smooth and silky, in many places this fabric represents royalty. Below we explain some of the many variations of satin.

different types of satin

Different Types of Satin: Antique

antique satin

Commonly woven from rayon and acetate using various colors and yarn thicknesses. This gives antique satin fabric a textured feel and iridescent appearance. This type of satin is mainly used as a decorative fabric primarily for draperies. Unlike wedding satin with the shiny weave visible, antique satin is made of small textures on the surface.

 Types of Satin: Charmuse

charmuse satin

Charmuse can often withstand machine washing, but it does not breath as well as silk satin. Charmeuse has traditionally been a popular fabric for women’s clothing. Today, it is commonly found in wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses. Generally made of silk, rayon or polyester, this fabric has a shiny face and dull back.

 Types of Satin: Crepe Back   

crepe back satin

One side of the fabric is silk while the other is crepe making the appearance of the fabric either shiny or dull. Can be used in specialty outfits such as wedding dresses, party dresses and sometimes even in lingerie. A reversible fabric which can either be used on the satin or crepe side. 

 Types of Satin: Silk

silk satin

The most luxurious of all satin’s are silk. This fabric is light weight, very shimmery and is breathable making it ideal for sleep wear. Silk satin is the most traditional and  most coveted satin today.

 Types of Satin: Stretched Satin

Stretched Satin is the same as ordinary satin fabric expect with an additional 5% spandex added. This type of satin carries the same uses as regular satin although it incorporates a form fitting look to the garment. Can be used in the making of pants, sports apparel and dresses.

stretch satin

Different Types of Satin-Uses for Satin  

Satin fabric is commonly used in many different aspects of every day life such as baseball jackets, athletic shorts, women’s lingerie, nightgowns, blouses and evening gowns. The fabric is also used in Men’s boxer shorts, briefs, shirts and neckties. A interesting use is in the production of pointy shoes for ballet. Other uses include interior furnishing, fabrics, upholstery and bed sheets.

History 

Dating back to the Middle Ages where it originated in China, satin was made of silk; consequently it was very expensive, used only by the upper classes. Satin became famous in Europe during the twelfth century and has prospered since. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the different types of satin.

Satin the Fabric of Royalty

Satin the Fabric of Royalty

Satin the Fabric of Royalty

Satin Fabric Satin

Smooth and slick and in many places represents royalty. Prized for centuries this fabric has been thought of as the most luscious fabric in existence. Typically the weave of satin has a glossy surface and a dull back. This fabric weave is characterized by four or more cool fill or weft yarns floating over a wrap  yarn or vice versa, four warp yarns floating over a single weft yarn. Floats are missed inter-facings, where the warp yarn lies on top of the weft in a warp-faced satin and where the weft yarn lies on top of the warp yarns in weft-faced satin’s. These floats explain the even sheen, as unlike in other weaves, the light reflecting is not scattered as much by the fibers, which have fewer tucks.

Uses for Satin  

This fabric is commonly used in apparel: satin baseball jackets, athletic shorts, women’s lingerie, nightgowns, blouses, and evening gowns, but also in some men’s boxer shorts, briefs, shirts and neckties. It is also used in the production of pointy shoes  for use in ballet. Other uses include interior furnishing fabrics, upholstery, and bed sheets.

Not all satins are trues satins

To be considered a true satin, a fabric must be woven in a very specific manner. The material must have at least four threads brought to the surface of the fabric to “float” over a single thread running perpendicularly to them. The threads on the top are called warp strands, which run vertically, while the one on the bottom is called a weft strand, which runs horizontally. This process is called floating, and allows large portions of thread to reflect light, which makes the fabric shiny and glossy on one side. Some types, called double-faced satins, are made to be shiny on both sides by using two sets of warp strands.

Types of Satin

Antique: commonly woven from rayon and acetate with various colors and  yarn thicknesses giving of a textured feel and iridescent appearance.

Charmuse: cheaper and can often withstand machine washing, but it does not breathe as well as silk

Crepeback: one side of the fabric is silk while the other is crepe making the appearance of the fabric either shiny or dull

Silk: the most luxurious of all satins is light weight very shimmery and is breathable, making it ideal for sleep wear

Stretched Satin: the same as ordinary fabric \expect with a additional 5% spandex

Now that you have learned about satin learn more about velvet.

 

 

 

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