Satin is commonly used in designer lingerie, corsets, wedding dresses and ballet pointe shoes. We have all heard of the term and know it is a traditional and beautiful fabric which is often associated with luxury garments - but what is it?
Satin is an elegant material which has a luxurious lustre on one side, being very smooth whilst on the other side it has a matt effect and is quite dull. Satin is a type of cloth that can be made from various fabrics including silk, nylon and rayon. The secret of satin is in the warp-dominated weaving technique where a minimum amount of interlacings are used to construct the fabric. Various examples of satin weave fabrics are used to give a different effect including faille satin, slipper satin, crepe-back satin, bridal satin and antique satin.
Satin is very popular for use in wedding gowns and for the lapels of men's Dinner Jackets, baseball jackets and ties.
A variation of Satin is called Sateen which is formed when the yarn used is one such as cotton which is a short-staple yarn.