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History of Grosgrain Fabric



What?!! There is a history of the grosgrain fabric? Why, of course, there is!! Just like the many garments like khakis and chinos, there is a history of grosgrain. Today, we will learn about the history of grosgrain and its usage in regular clothing for men and women. if you are ready, then let’s dive straight in!!!




The history of grosgrain fabric began way back in the early 17th century, which recorded its first usage. At that time, a lot of clothing uses grosgrain fabric as a cheaper alternative to more expensive garments made from wool or silk. Examples of clothing which uses grosgrain fabric include waistcoat, jerkins, petticoat, breeches and etc.

Jerkins (Source:

Breeches (Source:

Waistcoat (Source:

Such was the popularity of grosgrain fabric that the trend of using grosgrain fabric to make clothes continue all the way until the 1900s. In fact, American factories were able to manufacture grosgrain silk.  However, by the 1920s, the trend of clothes made from grosgrain fabric began to die down.




Nowadays, you don’t see many grosgrain fabric clothes. However, grosgrain is still used today as seen on many ribbons with distinctive horizontal ribs. These grosgrain ribbons come in a wide variety of patterns and designs. Another example of grosgrain fabric usage is lanyards.

Grosgrain Ribbon (Source:

Lanyard (Source:





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