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Some simple defintions of fine weave fabrics

July 15, 2011

Some simple defintions of fine weave fabricsThe following is a very simplistic description of fine, light-weave fabrics. Modern fabric manufacturing creates a whole spectrum of weaves which muddy the lines between the three.
Muslin: Loosely woven, plain weave, cotton fabric. Muslin is usually made with slightly irregular yarns. While usually made with an even weave, it can be woven with tighter or looser warp areas to produce stripes. Most muslin is white or cream, but muslin is seen in a wide range of colors.

Lawn: Plain weave, sheer fabric, originally of linen, but now also describes cotton fabrics. Lawn is made from very fine (thin) high thread count carded (prepared with a brush) yarns. Lawn is always made with an even weave using even yarns to produce a smooth, untextured surface. A crisp finish is frequently applied to lawn fabrics, and occasionally to other fabrics, which are then said to have a 'lawn finish'. Comes from Laon in France, which used to be a major producer of linen lawn. (check out "Just Give me Roses" pictured above).

Voile: comes from the French word for 'veil'. Historically it was made of cotton, or a cotton linen mix. Voile can be any color and can have woven stripes,floral designs or other patterns.