Crinkle Fabric is used in reference to any fabric that has been either woven or gathered into pleats. Crinkle can also be created by a chemical finishing process where caustic soda is applied in patterns to the fabric to create an uneven shrinkage in the fabric. The effect is typically not permanent however crinkles can be heat set into fabrics that are thermoplastic such as polyester, and these survive laundering much better. Plisse, Crinkle Crepe and Seersucker are all variations of crinkle fabric. Plisse is a lightweight, thin fabric typically made of cotton or silk which has a crinkled, puckered surface. Crinkle fabrics are generally used for underwear, nightwear, dresses and blouses.
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