What is Satin?

By , July 12, 2010 11:40 am

What is Satin?

Many people get confused with the word Satin . It is widely thought that it is a type of fabric like Cotton but it is not.  Satin is a term for a weave. It is usually used to describe fabrics made from long filaments.

Satin is a weave not a fabric

Satin is a weave that typically has a glossy surface and a dull back. It is a warp-dominated weaving technique that forms a minimum number of interlacings in a fabric. A fabric formed with a satin weave using filament fibres such as silk,  or polyester, is termed a satin fabric . If  yarns such as cotton are used, the fabric formed is considered a sateen.
A satin-woven fabric tends to have a high lustre due to the high number of floats on the fabric. Floats are missed interlacings, where the warp yarn lies on top of the weft yarn, or vice versa. The floats tend to make the fabric look glossier as well as give it a smoother surface.

Satin Fabrics make Beautiful Bed Linen

Satin fabrics make beautiful soft tactile bed linen. To find out more about Polyester Satin and Silk Satin take a look here

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