Grosgrain

Grosgrain fabric is the collective term for a firm, heavy, plain weave fabric. It has a rounded weftwise rib and was first made in the Middle Ages. It was originally made from silk, but more commonly now is made from wool, cotton, or synthetic fibres. The weft yarns are heavier than the warp, creating the ribs and the fabric is very strong, stiff and has a dull appearance. Grosgrain fabric is usually used to make ribbons, but can also be used to make facings, ties and trimmings. It is used extensively to make hat bands as the fabric doesn’t slip. Grosgrain is French meaning large, coarse grain.

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Kelly Mitchell

Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary


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