Crepe is a versatile fabric which is crinkly in texture and used for making graceful drapes. It is quite comfortable and light-weight. Crepe is used widely for making both daily-wear and occasional apparels.
Texture and quality:
- Crepe is crinkly and pebbled in texture.
- It has a slightly wrinkled appearance.
- It gives a soft, flowy finish which can be sheer or opaque, thin or heavy.
- It is blended with other fibers to create perfect fabrics as per requirement.
- Crepe fabric gives a slimming appearance.
How is it made:
- Crepe was previously made from silk fabric only. To make it budget-friendly and obtainable, crepe is now produced using all sorts of fibers such as cotton, rayon, chiffon and so on.
- It’s distinctive texture is created by an elaborate process of yarn twist and sometimes, chemical treatment.
- Crepe is created with a hard-twist yarn. Alternate ‘S’ and ‘Z’ twists are required to create this particular type of fabric.
- Crepe absorbs dyes easily. It can be printed with patterns, embellished and embroidered as per requirement.
Types of Crepe:
Different types of crepe fabrics are woven using different fibers. Some of the widely used crepe varieties are- Crepe georgette, Moroccan crepe, Plisse crepe, Crepe de chine, Wool crepe and many more.
Why is Crepe considered versatile?
- Crepe is used widely to make daily wear because it’s comfortable and light-weight.
- For summer, crepe woven from cotton or georgette is preferred;while comfortable winter-wear can be made using wool crepe.
- It is widely used in making flowy and soft western wear, specially blouses and skirts. In India, crepe is frequently used in making ethnic wear. Sarees, suits and kurtas made of crepe are considered fashionable. It is often used to make couture for its sheen and luster.
- Crepe gives an easy-flowing look and it accentuates almost every person. This can be accessorised easily and maintenance is not a problem at all!
How to wash and dry crepe?
- It is best to get your delicate and intricate crepe clothes dry-washed.
- If you are washing it at home, prefer using mild detergent.
- Allow it to air dry.
- If you need to iron it, place a thin towel between crepe and the iron.
Now that you know quite a lot about crepe, you can sell crepe sarees, kurtis or dress materials confidently to your customers. Happy reselling!