Designers are fond of fabrics that have rich textures that can make gowns and outfits such as sarees more appealing. Crepe fabric is one such fabric that is popular with contemporary consumers and fashion designers. Crepe fabric is lightweight and plain with a crimped, crinkled or grained external appearance. This fabric is famed for its versatility, which allows one to transition from a daytime outfit to an evening one effortlessly. The crinkle on the fabric can be as a result of twisting, knotting and tightening of the fibers before weaving begins. A crepe pattern can also be achieved when a finished fabric is embossed with rollers that have been engraved with a crepe pattern.
Crepe de Chine is by far the most commonly used type of crepe fabric. It is made from silk but lacks the distinctive crepe effect that sets apart crepe fabric from other types. The surface of Crepe de Chine is smooth and tends to have a matte finish that is perfect for luxury gowns. This fabric is made from silk warps and wefts and is weakened when it is exposed to direct sunlight or large moisture quantities.
Crepe Georgette is lightweight and has a grainy appearance that looks like chiffon. It is easy to drape and is elastic which is why it is often the first fabric of choice for many women’s outfits. It can be used to make dresses, skirts, and blouses.
This variety is also known as Crepe marocain. It is heavily textured and ribbed and can be made from wool, rayon or silk. The heavy texture of this fabric is achieved by carefully twisting yarns in the weft, which results in the ribbed and wavy texture of the fabric.
The texture of the Plisse crepe is created when a heavy roller is used to make the patterns on the fabric. Alternatively, the fabric can be subjected to various chemical treatments to give it a crepe-like appearance. Plisse crepe is mainly created from cotton, which is sometimes covered in wax before being patterned by an alkaline solution. Plisse crepe is stronger than other types of crepe and it does not require ironing.
Wool crepe is also sometimes referred to as crepon and is made from a mixture of cotton fibers and silk. The texture of wool crepe is acquired from the treatment that the yarn is given during the weaving process.