Satin weave

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Satin weave robe
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One of three fundamental fabric weaving patterns: plain, satin, and twill. Satin weave is made by passing filling yarns over 1 warp yarn then under 4-12 warp yarns. The long filling threads, called floats, produce a smooth shiny surface, but are susceptible to snags. Examples of satin weave fabrics are Satin, Venetian cloth, and messaline.

See also Sateen weave.

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Resources and Citations

  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986