Cambric fabric is a plain weave, traditionally white and of a high quality. Originally it was made solely of cotton or linen, however nowadays it can be made from many different fibres. It was first produced during the Middle Ages in the town of Cambrai in Northern France, where the fabric gets its name. The fabric is lightweight and closely woven; it is also slightly glossy on one side. This effect is produced by ‘calendaring’ a process whereby the fabric is passed through a series of rollers, some of which are heated. This application of heat and pressure causes the fabric to have a smooth, lustrous appearance. Cambric fabric is most commonly used for shirts, blouses, dresses, children’s wear and many other garments.
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