Taffeta

Taffeta is a luxurios, crisp, smooth  fabric as of silk or rayon, with a muted luster and slight ribbing, and also an unmistakable rustle (called scroop).

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weave

 Plain weave.

 

fiber

 Silk, rayon or synthetic fibers.

 

fabric face

Smooth with bold but fine horizontal ribs, sturdy and tightly woven. Has a slight metallic luster.

 

Fabric design

Can be piece-dyed or yarn-dyed. Usually in solid colors. When woven of two different colored yarns it is called shot taffeta or shot silk. Woven of three colors (two in the weft, one in the warp), it is called chameleon taffeta.

 

hand

 Thick, crisp, smooth and slippery. Holds its shape better than many other fabrics.

 

fabric drape

Drapes well.

 

fabric weight

Midweight.

 

Sewing

The most slippery fabric.  Underlining prevents some of the wrinkling it has a tendency to have.

 


 

match

Similar feel to crepe-backed satin, but it’s stiffer

 

history

The name comes from the Persian taftah, a 16th-century fine silk fabric.

 


 Best use for:

 

special occasion

Eveningwear, bridalwear, ball gowns, corsets, underskirts, trims, umbrellas.

 

 

mockup

Piece-dyed taffeta is often used in linings and is quite soft.

 

 

Curtains

Interrior: curtains, wallcovering.

 

embroidery

Suites for embroidery.

 

 


 

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