Faille is a silk fabric having fine transverse ribbing.
Plain weave; an addition of a thicker yarn in the weft creates a crosswise rib on the surface.
Silk, or manufactured fibers in the warp; usually cotton or cotton blends, sometimes wool or silk in the weft.
Relatively strong and durable. Glossy and lustrous. Ribbed – but not very prominent — surface.
By using warp and weft yarns of different colours, an effect of iridescence is achieved.
Smooth, soft and silky.
Easy to drape.
Mid- to heavy-weight fabric.
It has an affinity for taking a crease.
Taffeta’s ribs are even finer, while bengaline’s are heavier than faille’s.
Best use for:
Special occation dresses, skirts, underskirts, spring coats, suits, and also millinery.