Ratine fabric is the general term for any fabric made from Ratine yarns. These yarns are fancy yarns and have a nubbly surface. The Ratine fabric created from these yarns is loosely woven and constructed using a plain weave. It is usually made from cotton, wool or silk and is a heavyweight fabric. The surface texture of the fabric is knotted and uneven from the yarns used. Ratine fabric can also be soft to the touch and have a fine pile surface. This is woven on a Ratine machine. Ratine comes from the French language and means ‘Fuzzy.’ It is used for coats, dresses and suits.

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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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