Chambray is a fine, lightweight gingham fabric. It traditionally has a white weft which is interwoven with a with a coloured warp thread to produce a checked or striped pattern. Chambray fabric can also be plain, although it is most commonly not. It is usually made from cotton or linen and is woven in a plain weave construction. Although it is usually a very lightweight fabric, heavier varieties of Chambray can also be produced, and are used for back-to-school clothing. This fabric was named after the town of Cambrai, in Northern France, where it was first made. Chambray fabric can be used to make shirts, dresses and Childrens wear.

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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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