Bengaline is a strong, ribbed fabric which was originally made entirely from silk in Bengal, India. It is now produced usually from cotton, worsted, acetate, viscose, silk or various blends. Bengaline is similar in construction to Poplin and Faille, but has much coarser and heavier ribs. It is formed by using larger coarse warp yarns than the fine weft yarns. When cut unto ribbon widths Bengaline is generally known as grosgrain or Petersham. Bengaline Fabric is used for dresses, coats, suits, ribbons and drapery.

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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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