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What Exactly is Satin?



Previously, we have already explored the definition of weaving and the different types of weaves. In fact, we have already gone through the plain weave and twill weave. However, there is also another kind of weave, which is called the satin weave. Satin, just like twill and plain weave, is among the 3 most fundamental weave technique to make clothes.

Cotton twill (Source:

Plain weave (Source:

However, the real question is, what is satin weave and how is it different from satin fabric? Do not worry. Today, we will go through the definition one by one. If you are ready, then let’s dive straight in!!




The satin weave is defined as a fabric with “floating” threads or yarns. This means that the threads in one direction seem to be floating or just hovering over the thread.  It is exactly these floating characteristics which give satin weave fabric that shininess and smoothness.

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The satin weave is usually woven using the twill weave pattern. However, the difference is that satin weave usually has more than 2 warp threads (vertical) overlapping one weft thread (Horizontal). Because of the nature of this pattern, there will definitely be less intersection between the warp and weft threads.

Satin weave (Source:

Therefore, the end result is that the threads in the warp direction seem as though they are floating. On top of that, the floating threads have many spaces in between the threads which help to reflect light. It is exactly this reflection of light which gives the satin weave fabric its shine.

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On top of that, most satin weave fabric is made from silk. Silk, unlike cotton, is finer and less twisted which may contribute to the softness and smoothness of the satin weave fabric. However, a lot of people tend to confuse between satin and silk, often mistaken satin like silk. Let’s clarify, silk is a raw material spun to make threads or yarns. Satin, on the other hand, is a weave.




Despite satin fabric is very popular to be used for women’s dress, its usage is not limited to dresses only. The satin weave is among the basic weave technique, which can be used to make men’s clothing and accessories as well. An example of accessories made from satin includes the classic bowtie. Now that you know about the satin weave, we can look to explore more about satin in the future.

Axiba silk dress (Source:

Bowtie (Source:

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