Types of Fabric
Brocade is a richly decorated fabric, commonly created using shuttle-woven fabrics. Brocade comes in many colours, styles and designs, and can be made with or without silver or gold threads.
Patterns including brocade, brocatelle, damask and tapestry-esque fabrics are known as jacquard patterns. Brocade can be used to create luxury, high fashion pieces, including evening wear, dresses, coats or blazers.
Commonly known as cashmere, cashmere wool is a fibre sourced from cashmere goats. Cashmere is softer compared to regular wool equivalent, and can provide approximately three times more insulation.
Cashmere is used in luxury fashion to create stunning pieces including scarves, jackets, blouses, jumpers, even men’s and women’s suits. You can browse our full range of cashmere fabrics here.
Cotton is a soft and fluffy natural fibre that grows around of the seeds of the cotton plants, the genus Gossypium of the plant family Malvaceae. Cotton fibre is spun into a yarn or threat to create a soft, versatile and breathable fabric.
Thanks to its unique versatility, cotton can be used in most high fashion projects, including the creation of, knitwear, jeans and jackets. You can browse our full range of cotton fabrics here.
Invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard, the Jacquard loom is a power loom that has helped simplify the creation of fabrics with complex patterns, including brocade, damask and matelessé.
Jacquard fabrics are used in a range of fashion projects, including the creation of high-quality coats, skirts, dresses and jackets. You can browse our full range of Jacquard fabrics here.
One of the more delicate fabrics on the market, lace is made from yarn or thread in an open, web-like pattern. It can be created by hand or by machine. Combining linen, silk, gold and silver threads was the original way lace was created. However, it is now most commonly made with cotton or polyester thread.
Fashion designers and professionals often use lace to create blouses, dresses, underwear and sweaters. You can browse our full range of lace fabrics here.
Created from the fibres of the flax plant, linen is one of the more labour-intensive fabrics to create, but is extremely absorbent, and is valued for it’s cool, lightweight texture in warmer weather.
Linen is not just used for clothing; it can be turned into a variety of household items, including aprons, bags and bed linen. Fashion designers regularly use linen in luxury projects, creating items such as trousers, shorts, and shirts. You can browse our full range of linen fabrics here.
The best-known silk is collected from the cocoons of the mulberry Bombyx mori silkworm larvae that have been raised in captivity (sericulture). This practice dates back several thousand years, and the same methods are used in these modern times.
Fashion designers use silk in many of their projects, including the creation of high fashion clothing, lining, undergarments, dress suits and robes. Fabrics such as charmeuse, chiffon, crepe de chine and shantung are all created from silk. You can browse our full range of silk fabrics here.
Wool is a natural material most commonly sourced from sheep. However, other animals can also be used in the wool trade. For example, these animals include cashmere and mohair from goats, or angora from rabbits. Wool fabric can be thick or ultra fine.
You can browse our full range of wool fabrics here.