Satin and Sateen – Dictionary Term

What does Satin and Sateen mean?

Satin and sateen are two similar types of weave where the surface of the fabric consists almost entirely of floated warp or weft threads. During the weaving process, the warp/weft threads pass over all but one of the threads in the other direction.

Rawr Denim explains Satin and Sateen

Satin and sateen are two similar types of weave where the surface of the fabric consists almost entirely of floated warp or weft threads. During the weaving process, the warp/weft threads pass over all but one of the threads in the other direction. With a satin weave, the majority of the surface is made of warp threads. It creates a fabric with a lustrous surface and a dull back. Satin fabric is traditionally made of silk; however, today it is also made of polyester, nylon, rayon, and acetate. It is frequently used for pajamas, lingerie, gowns, neckties, and ballet shoes. On the other hand, sateen has a surface made up of mostly weft threads. It is extremely soft with a shiny appearance similar to satin; however, it is made of cotton instead of silk or nylon. It is most often used for bed sheets or lining jackets.

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Rawr Denim Definition - Satin