Acetate is a combination natural and synthetic fiber. The natural element is from the cellulose of wood.
Blends are a general description of fabrics made of two or more fibers. The idea is to incorporate the distinct characteristics of the separate fibers into one textile.
Cotton is derived from the fiber of the tropical cotton plant. Cotton is the most widely used fabric and is the basis of over 30 types of textiles.
Denim is a type of cotton fabric woven in such a way that the threads produce that distinctive diagonal ribbing on the underside of the fabric.
Georgette is a type of silk fabric, although today synthetic georgettes are also produced. It’s light, crinkly; slightly rough feel is what it’s known for, plus the range of colors it is dyed in.
Jute is made from the cellulose-rich fibers of the jute plant which is native to Asia. It is typically used for making mats, burlap and gunny bags.
Linen is derived from the fibers flax plant and is highly valued for its fresh, cool feel especially during hot weather.
Mohair is a type of wool obtained from the fur of the Angora goat. It has a silk-like sheen and luster but is also quite strong and durable.
Polyester is a man-made fabric made from by-products of petroleum and coal, mixed with air and water. Like nylon, it has low water absorbency and is quite flammable.
This protein fiber is obtained from the cocoons of the mulberry moth and was first produced in China as far back as 3,000 BC.
Rayon is a regenerated cellulose fiber which is almost pure cellulose. Other names for rayon are viscose and art silk.
Velvet is a woven, tufted fabric, originally made purely of silk but commonly composed of silk and rayon these days.