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What I just learned about satin

>> Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Do you know there are are different types of satin fabrics in the market, with pricing as low as RM5/metre to as high as RM20/a metre?

Do you understand satin well?

(photo: beautiful and shining - some of my satin collections)

I have declined few requests from customers who ordered satin brooch in cream because cream colored satin are currently out of stock in all fabric shops I have visited. I have revisited these stores again after 2 weeks and still, there is no luck. It turns out that this quality of satin I used, is of high demand and well received for the upcoming festival wear.

So there is another type of satin, I said, when suggested by the shop assistant during my first revisit. Then marched around the shops and surprised to discover the many different qualities of satin and price. I purchased a metre, give it a try and make a brooch. It seemed not to meet the same quality of brooches that I used to produced.

I knew, I just have to wait for the new stock to come. I trust, quality comes first!

So I went home and did a little search on the web, and this is what I have found.


Generally, there are 2 types of fabrics

1. From natural sources - cotton, linen and silk. Fabric of these types is made from fine and natural threads. They have better "cooling" affect, softer and comfortable to wear. They absorb and disperse sweat fast and keep dry on hot and sunny days.  But due to its nature origin, the price is more expensive.

2. Man made, called the synthetic - Nylon, polyester, rayon, viscose and acrylic. Due to the chemical and mixtures, they have less cooling and absorption effect, although these fabrics gives beautiful natural fall effect during wear. Easy to wash, iron and maintain, they are also easy to find and have variety choices in the stores, and are a lot cheaper.

These days, different quality of fabrics are being produced, by "mixing" and woving both the man-made and the natural sources, and are sold a lot cheaper.


Unlike, cotton (from cotton plant) and linen (from flax plant), satin is not made from any plant or tree. Satin means a glossy and smooth finishing of a fabric, after woving threads using specific woving techniques, and using high-end mechines. The shiny effect of a satin are caused by the woving technique that "floats the fibers" to the surface that allows reflections and gives the natural shines.

Generally, there are two types of satin - made from natural sources such as silk, and synthetic such as the polyester. There however, are significant difference between the two. For example. satin made from silk looks more beautiful, smoother, and shines naturally. Synthetic, sometimes gives fake-looking shining and look unnatural.

Like any other fabrics, satin are now being produced in greater range and price, by mixing the two - the natural and synthetic. The different percentage of natural mixture, will determine the different range of natural shines and smoothness finishing, therefore, each are accordingly graded with different price.


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