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A satin weave is a type of fabric weave that produces a characteristically glossy, smooth or lustrous material, typically with a glossy top surface and a dull back; it is not durable, as it tends to snag. It is one of three fundamental types of textile weaves alongside plain weave and twill weave.


The satin weave is characterised by four or more fill or weft yarns floating over a warp yarn, and four warp yarns floating over a single weft yarn. Floats are missed interfacings, for example where the warp yarn lies on top of the weft in a warp-faced satin. These floats explain the high lustre and even sheen, as unlike in other weaves, light is not scattered as much when hitting the fibres, resulting in a stronger reflection. Satin is usually a warp-faced weaving technique in which warp yarns are "floated" over weft yarns, although there are also weft-faced satins.[1] If a fabric is formed with a satin weave using filament fibres such as silk, polyester or nylon, the corresponding fabric is termed a 'satin', although some definitions insist that a satin fabric is only made from silk.[2] If the yarns used are short-staple yarns such as cotton, the fabric formed is considered a sateen.

Satin was originally made solely of silk, which, for much of history, was produced and found mainly in China.[3] In ancient[clarify] China, there were various forms of satin fabrics which came under several names, such as duan (缎), zhusi (紵丝), ling (绫), jin (锦), wusi (五丝) and basi (八丝).[4] Chinese satin, in its original form, was supposed to be a five- or six-end warp satin.[4] The six-end warp satin weave was mostly likely a derivative of the six-end warp twill weave during the Tang and Northern Song dynasty periods.[4]

Satin-weave fabrics are more flexible, with better draping characteristics than plain weaves. In a satin weave, the fill yarn passes over multiple warp yarns before interlacing under one warp yarn. Common satin weaves are:[7]

In this blog post, learn more about the difference between silk and satin - specifically their distinguishing characteristics, benefits, and compositions. Know how satin and silk are made in their respective production processes and what the difference is all about.

As discussed earlier, satin is a weave structure that could be made from different materials such as cotton, wool, and polyester. Among the many fabrics, satin is often associated with polyester due to the lustrous effect this combo creates. That makes it suitable, right?

Satin (or more appropriately termed polyester with a satin weave) is known to be equal parts shiny and dull, giving it that luxurious effect. This is man-made in manufacturing labs, which makes it cheap and synthetic. Read: harmful to the environment.

In the most significant form, the difference between silk and satin is the classification. Silk is a fabric type, while satin is a kind of weave. To this day, satin is known as a shiny fabric when people are actually referring to polyester. While it has its pros, polyester is far from silk when it comes to quality, texture, appearance, and even sustainability. Polyester in a satin weave may charm consumers with its irresistibly low price, but silk will give you what you pay for - an investment in your health and beauty regimen.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin is an exceptional highlight to the Photo Rag range and lends FineArt prints a highly individual character. The white cotton paper features the classic Photo Rag surface with a delicate felt structure and a beautifully soft feel. In combination with the satin-gloss premium inkjet coating, it produces outstanding prints with a beautiful sense of depth and three-dimensional quality. Colours and details are perfectly reproduced, the depth of the black truly stands out and contrasts are reproduced with stunning effect. Photo Rag Satin is characterised by its very unique coating. The printed areas have a soft sheen, while the unprinted areas remain matt to beautifully accentuate brilliance. Photo Rag Satin is acid- and lignin-free which meet the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.

A liplickingly creamy stout prized for its drinkability, Satin Solitude is crafted with a mix of specialty malts, from caramel and chocolate to roasted barley, to achieve its deep dark appearance and satin-smooth finish. Best enjoyed by a crackling fire on long winter's night.

In the 12th century, Italy became the first western country to produce satin, and by the 14th century, it became available all throughout Europe and brought to America by English settlers. However, using silk made the fabric costly so it was reserved for aristocracy, the church and upper classes.

Back in 1958 I had a wedding dress of heavy dull satin with a silver thread on it (not in it)What type of Satin would you call this? I later remodelled it in a beautiful evening gown.Thank you in advance. 041b061a72

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