Fabrics Glossary

Brocade

Jacquard-woven fabric with a raised design.

Chiffon

Transparent fabric of sheer silk or rayon.

Crepe

Soft fabric with a crinkled surface.

Eyelet

Open-weave embroidery.

Damask

Similar to brocade, but lighter in weight.

Duchesse Satin

Silk-and-polyester mix woven to create a satiny finish.

Doupioni

Silk with a thick, coarse finish and a slight sheen.

Illusion

Fine, sheer fabric often used on necklines and sleeves.

Organdy

Stiff, transparent silk or rayon fabric.

Organza

Sheer, stiff fabric of silk or synthetic material. Similar to tulle, but less coarse.

Satin

Smooth, heavy fabric with a high sheen on one side.

Shantung

Plain-weave silk or cotton fabric with a rough surface.

Silk

Smooth, soft fabric that is the priciest wedding dress material.

Silk Mikado

Blended silk that's heavier than regular silk.

Taffeta

Crisp, lustrous, light-weave fabric.

Tulle

A fine, starched netting of silk, rayon, or nylon.

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