What Is Charmeuse Fabric? By Andrea Whyte A favorite luxury fabric for centuries, charmeuse is traditionally made from 100 percent silk, though recently the definition of charmeuse fabric has expanded to incorporate a less expensive polyester version. You can put charmeuse fabric to different uses, though most commonly it's used to make dresses for special occasions, since the fabric drapes well, and for interior decor.
Dupioni fabric. Dress in brown dupioni, 1940s/early 1950s Sweden. Dupioni (also referred to as Douppioni or Dupion) is a plain weave crisp type of silk fabric, produced by using fine thread in the warp and uneven thread reeled from two or more entangled cocoons in the weft.
Silk gauze is a sheer, thin fabric made of fine but very strong silk threads. The stability of the fabric is increased by the interlocking weave, also known as a leno structure. This weave, or structure, prevents the threads from shifting, which decreases the risk of tearing, pulling, and fraying of the canvas.
The yarns used to weave silk georgette are highly twisted, creating a slightly grainy surface texture – a bit like a crepe fabric. These twisted yarns also give the fabric a slight spring. Both features are particularly distinctive and will help you to recognise silk georgette fabric on first touch.
Raw silk, which is popularly known as ‘Paat’ in Eastern India, ‘Resham’ in Urdu and Hindu dialect, and ‘Pattu’ in the southern pockets of India, is the most natural form of delicate fiber which can get easily and smoothly woven into different fabrics and garments.