Peau de Soie

Peau de Soie is a soft, strong and medium weight fabric. It is woven using a twill weave and the fabric has a dull, textured appearance. It is a luxurious corded fabric with fine crosswise ribs. Peau de Soie is traditionally woven from silk, however recently it has been made using Viscose or synthetic yarns. This fabric is usually produced in plain colours and it is usually double faced, meaning that it can be reversible. The term ‘Peau de Soie’ is French and literally translates as ‘Silk skin.’ It is used frequently in eveningwear, bridal wear, coats, shoes and trimmings. Peau de Soie is similar to Grosgrain fabric and originated in early modern Europe.

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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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