Satin , any fabric constructed by the satin weave method, one of the three basic textile weaves. The fabric is characterized by a smooth surface and usually a lustrous face and dull back; it is made in a wide variety of weights for various uses, including dresses, particularly evening wear; linings; bedspreads; and upholstery. Though originally a silk fabric, it is now made of yarns of other fibres. An all-cotton fabric woven in the satin structure is known as sateen.
Did you know that Satin was prevalent during the Middle Ages and was actually a weave derived from silk? Satin was a very expensive fabric and therefore it was bought by the wealthy. Over the course of time, the popularity of this lustrous fabric spread across Europe, particularly in the 12th century. Such was the demand of Satin that it became the chosen fabric of the royal robes in England and is still considered a rich fabric. You can see its elegance in exquisite bed sheets and upholstery as well as sophisticated wedding gowns, for which it is considered to be a staple. The Satin weave owes its origins to the city of Zayton or Zaitun in China, from where it was originally exported to different parts of the world. The original Satin was woven out of silk threads.
Your Selections:. A staple fabric for special occasion, satin has a lustrous, shiny surface and a matte back. The drapability depends on fiber content and weight of the satin. Silk and rayon satins have the best stitch results. Crepe Back Satin Royal Blue.
So, what is Satin? First and foremost, it is not a raw material. Satin is a type of weave, constructed by floating several warp yarns across the weft before going under 1 weft thread, and beginning the cycle again. Having fewer interlaces leads to the smooth, lustrous surface we all know and love. Satin weave is a more complex weave as the arrangement of warp and weft threads are staggered due to the step number.