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 It was originally made from silk, but more commonly now is made from wool, cotton, or synthetic fibres.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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