Fabric Descriptions

Useful details of our fabrics

All descriptions are a general interpretation of the fabric and are purely advisory. We do recommend that you use them as an introduction to the fabrics in conjunction with a swatch.

For a description on some of our fabrics, click on the base and the fabric name for the information.

Silk Descriptions

Cotton Descriptions

Linen Descriptions

Cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter this is a luxurious product known as the Queen of fabrics.

Heavy Satin

Weight – 30m/m (129gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Satin is a very lustrous silk. This heavier weight is ideal for garment making. See also; Satin 10, Light Satin and Satin weights.

Satin 10

Weight – 10m/m (43gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Satin is a very lustrous silk. This ultra lightweight version is ideal for a scarf, as the weave allows a good penetration of the dyes. See also; Light Satin, Satin and Heavy Satin versions.

Chiffon 10

Weight – 10m/m (43gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A light matt fabric woven from fine twisted yarns, spaced apart making it transparent. It has a soft and subtle drape. Chiffon is a lightweight fabric making it ideal for layering over base designs or scarves. See also, Chiffon 6 as a lighter weight version.

Light Satin

Weight – 12m/m (54gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Satin is a very lustrous silk. This lightweight is ideal for a scarf, as the weave allows a good penetration of the dyes. See also; Satin 10, Satin and Heavy Satin weights.

Triple Georgette

Weight – 19m/m (82gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A plain weave fabric that has a grainy texture. It’s drape makes it ideal for blouses and dresses. See also, Single Georgette and Double Georgette for lighter versions.

Organza

Weight – 5.5m/m (24gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
This is a strong sheer silk. Despite it’s smooth open weave it is a stiff and crisp feel which it gets from tightly twisted yarns. It is often used for veils and as a base for embellishment.

Dupion

Weight – 12m/m (54gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A strong double threaded silk. It has a rough and irregular surface. Ideal for garment making and for luxury soft furnishings. See also Heavy Dupion for an alternative weight.

Chiffon 6

Weight – 6m/m (26gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A light matt fabric woven from fine twisted yarns, spaced apart making it transparent. Chiffon is a very lightweight fabric making it ideal for layering over base designs or scarves.See also, Chiffon 10 for a slightly heavier weight.

Double Georgette

Weight – 16m/m (70gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A plain weave fabric that has a grainy texture. It’s drape makes it ideal for blouses and dresses. See also, Single Georgette and Triple Georgette for both a lighter and heavier weight.

Satin

Weight – 16m/m (70gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A very lustrous silk. A good fabric to choose for lingerie, evening wear and lining

Single Georgette

Weight – 10m/m (43gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A plain weave fabric that has a grainy texture. It’s drape makes it ideal for blouses and dresses. See also, Double Georgette and Triple Georgette for a heavier weight.

Twill

Weight – 14m/m (61gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A characteristic of this fabric is the diagonal lines created by the weave. The structure makes it harder wearing with a wonderful drape and is suitable for scarves, dresses and blouses. See also Light Twill and Twill 18m/m for alternative weights.

Twill 18mm

Weight – 18m/m (80gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A characteristic of this fabric is the diagonal lines created by the weave. The structure makes it harder wearing with a wonderful drape and is suitable for scarves, dresses and blouses. See also Light Twill and Twill for lighter weight versions.

Satin Chiffon

Weight – 9m/m (39gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A very lightweight, loose weave fabric with an added satin lustre.Ideal for overlaying.

Habotai

Weight – 10m/m (43gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Ideal for scarves as lightweight with a flat weave.

Habotai 19m/m

Weight – 19m/m (82gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Slightly heavier than the standard Habotai but still ideal for scarves with a flat weave.

Satin Organza

Weight – 9m/m (39gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
This is a strong sheer silk with a satin finish on one side. Despite it’s smooth open weave it is a stiff and crisp feel which it gets from tightly twisted yarns. It is often used for veils and as a base for embellishment.

Heavy Dupion

Weight – 19m/m (82gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A heavier weight version of our 12mm Dupion. This is a plain weave that has a natural irregular slubbed surface. Ideal for evening wear jackets and coats and for luxury soft furnishings. See also Dupion for an alternative weight.

Light Crepe de Chine

Weight – 10m/m (43gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
The crepe feel of the silk is created by the twisting of some fibres clockwise and other counter clockwise and then plain woven. Described as a ‘pebbly’ look the surface is the same front and back. Ideal for scarves as it offers a good penetration of the dyes to the reverse of the fabric.

Sandwashed Habotai

Weight – 16m/m (70gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A lightweight plain woven fabric with a wonderful drape and feel. A heavier weight Haboati that was been sandwashed to give a soft touch.

Light Twill

Weight – 10m/m (43gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A characteristic of this fabric is the diagonal lines created by the weave. See also Twill for a heavier weight version.

Crepe de Chine

Weight – 14m/m (61gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A soft lightweight fabric. Woven from twisted fibres in alternating directions giving it a distinctive textured feel. Described as a ‘pebbly’ look the surface is the same front and back. Ideal for scarves as it offers a good penetration of the dyes to the reverse of the fabric. Ideal for dresses and evening wear. See also, Light Crepe de Chine and Heavy Crepe de Chine.

Heavy Crepe de Chine

Weight – 30m/m (129gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A soft drape fabric. Woven from twisted fibres in alternating directions giving it a distinctive textured feel. Described as a ‘pebbly’ look the surface is the same front and bac Ideal for dresses and evening wear. See also, Light Crepe de Chine and Crepe de Chine for lighter weight versions.

Silk Wool Fine Rib

Composition – 65% Wool 35% Silk
Weight – 13m/m (57gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A lightweight subtle but stable weave. This fabric has a warm feel due to the wool content and is suitable for scarves. The penetration of inks is fair for a wool – with some difference between the front and back.

Silcott Habotai

Composition – 35% Silk 65% Cotton
Weight – 13.5m/m (59gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
The luxury of silk with the durability of cotton. This has a plain weave surface. A stiffer drape than the 100% silk alternative

Silcott Voile

Composition – 30% Silk 70% Cotton
Weight – 9m/m (39gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A soft sheer fabric combining both silk and cotton threads. The transparency of this fabric makes ideal for layering over an alternative base.

Silcott Light Satin

Composition – 45% Silk 55% Cotton
Weight – 12m/m (54gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
This is a lustrous combination of both silk and cotton threads in a plain weave that gives a smooth flat surface. Ideal for blouses and lightweight garments.

Silcott Heavy Satin

Composition – 40% Silk 60% Cotton
Weight – 28m/m (122gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
This is a lustrous combination of both silk and cotton threads in a plain weave that gives a smooth flat surface. Ideal for blouses and and soft furnishing with the luxury of silk and the durability of cotton.

Silk Tencel Crepe

Composition – 32% Silk 68% Tencel
Weight – 14m/m (61gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics available. Regenerated from sustainably grown wood cellulose. A good drape with a lustrous feel, emphasised with the silk content.

Silk Tencel Satin

Composition – 32% Silk 68% Tencel
Weight – 14m/m (61gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics available.Regenerated from sustainably grown wood cellulose. A good drape with a lustrous feel, emphasised with the silk content. With this version, the front has a soft satin sheen.

Silk Bamboo Voile

Composition – 20% Silk 80% Bamboo
Weight – 17m/m (75gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. The Bamboo used to produce fabrics (not the same as Panda food) is considered one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly and does not require chemicals or irrigation, and biodegrades quickly. With the feel of soft cotton and the luxury of silk content this fabric is ideal for shirts and dresses – naturally hypoallergenic, moisture- absorbent and quick drying.

Silk Viscose Crepe

Composition – 35% Silk 65% Viscose
Weight – 14m/m (61gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A durable fabric, manufactured from renewable plant wood pulp. The crepe effect provides a ‘grainy’ feel with a textured surface.

Silk Modal

Composition – 15% Silk 85% Modal
Weight – 13.5m/m (57gsm)
Width – 136 cm
Colour – Ivory
A very lightweight, open flat weave fabric. Soft drape and very delicate fabric.

Soft and durable. Relatively low maintenance and can be machine washed at a low temperature.

Cotton Disclaimer: Cotton fabric is subject to an accumulation of fibres, also known as lint that builds up on the surface of textiles. We make every effort to remove excessive amounts through our industrial facilities however it is not possible to remove every small fibre. Occasionally lint may lift after the fabric has been printed leaving it’s natural colour showing through. This is a feature beyond our control.

Cotton Velvet

Weight – 416gsm
Width – 140cm
Colour – White
A soft cotton pile weave with close shorn tufts that provide a soft plush surface texture. It is ideal for soft furnishing.

Care: Spot remove any stains with a soft cloth dipped in soapy warm water. Recommended Dry Clean

Cotton Voile

Weight – 70gsm
Width – 145cm
Colour – Non Optic
A soft, lightweight cotton fabric. Open flat weave. Suit soft muted colours.

Cotton Summerset

Weight – 80gsm
Width – 145cm
Colour – Non Optic
Soft close woven giving a regular smooth finish. Has an excellent drape, ideal for fine summer blouses.

Cotton Gabardine

Weight – 170gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour – Non Optic
Tightly woven with a very slight diagonal rib on the front and smooth surface on the back. This matt fabric is suitable for tailored garments.

Spot clean tailored items, else wash at 30º Over ironing or too hot an iron can cause ‘shining’.

Cotton Canvas

200gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour – Non Optic
A plain woven cotton fabric with a regular weave texture. A durable fabric is ideal for tote bags, pictures and shoes. .

Cotton Vera

42gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour – Non Optic
A beautiful fine ultralight woven fabric. A degree of transparency makes it a candidate for scarves. There is a difference in colour intensity between the front and back.

Cotton Premium Lawn

Weight – 75gsm
Width – 140cm
Colour – Non Optic
A plain weave using fine, high count combed yarns. This lightweight fabric is ideal for cool summer blouses, nightwear and lingerie.

Cotton Light Sateen

Weight – 17sgsm
Width – 133cm
Colour – Non Optic
Flat satin weave made with spun yarns. Having a subtle sheen on one side and matt on the other. Ideal for shirts, dresses, etc.

Cotton Half Panama

Weight – 309gsm
Width – 146cm
Colour – Optic
This has a tighter visible open weave than the lighter weight. A durable textured surface. Ideal for soft furnishing.

Cotton Lisboa

200gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour – Non Optic
A durable smooth heavyweight woven fabric. This has a soft suede like feel to the surface. Suitable for both Interiors and Fashion.

Cotton Fine Twill

165gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour – Non Optic
A close woven durable fabric. Subtly shows the diagonal ridges expected in a Twill weave.

Cotton Drill

Weight – 255gsm
Width – 145cm
Colour – Optic
A strong durable fabric. Having a twill weave it has a distinct diagonal surface on one side. Ideal for structured work clothes, jean type trousers, jackets and home furnishing.

Wash at 30 – 40º

Cotton Bonito

165gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour – Non Optic
A crisp cotton weave with a smooth soft surface. Ideal for structured garments.

Cotton Poplin

Weight – 130gsm
Width – 146cm
Colour – Optic
Plain woven surface with no ribbing gives a soft smooth finish. Ideal for dresses and quilting.

Cotton Fine Weft Sateen

Weight – 154gsm
Width – 133cm
Colour – Optic
Soft, smooth plain weave using a particularly fine weft yarn. This lightweight fabric is ideal for shirts and blouses.

Wash at 30 – 40º

Cotton Heavy Sateen

Weight – 246gsm
Width – 138cm
Colour – Optic
Flat satin weave made with spun yarns. The lustrous fibres have a sheen on one side and matt on the other. Ideal for jean like trousers and structured garments.

Wash at 30 – 40º

Linen R704

Weight – 145gsm
Width – 146cm
Colour – Non Optic
This is the lightweight linen of the collection. This has an open weave using fibres from the Flax plant with a rustic finish. Very absorbent and cool to wear it is widely used for dress making.

Wash at 30 – 40º

Oyster Linen

Weight – 260gsm
Width – 142cm
Colour – Cream
Woven with fibres from the Flax plant. Very absorbent and cool to wear it is widely used for dress making. It’s durable nature also makes it ideal for home interiors use.

Wash at 30 – 40º

Oatmeal Linen

Weight – 290gsm
Width – 142cm
Colour – Oatmeal
This has a distinct oatmeal colour and a slightly heavier weight. Ideal for rustic prints. The base colour will have an effect on those in the artwork being printed. Woven with fibres from the Flax plant. Very absorbent and cool to wear it is widely used for dress making. It’s durable nature also makes it ideal for home use.

Wash at 30 – 40º

Avanti Linen

Weight – 350gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour Cream
An open weave made of fibres from the Flax plant. One of our heaviest weight fabrics that has a distinctive surface texture. It’s durable nature makes it ideal for interiors and upholstery use.

Wash at 30 – 40º

Forte Linen

Weight – 228gsm
Width – 144cm
Colour – Cream
An open weave made of fibres from the Flax plant. A heavy weight and soft feel fabric with an obvious surface texture. It’s durable nature makes it ideal for home use.

Wash at 30 – 40º.