Crepe Fabric Characteristics and Uses
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Crepe Fabric Characteristics and Uses

What is Crepe Fabric ? Properties, Characteristics and Uses

Crepe fabric is a relatively old kind of fabric, which means that there’s been a lot of time for it to develop. The term ‘crepe’ doesn’t denote any type of fiber, but rather a way of making a fabric. 

Crepe fabric characteristics

At a Glance

Fabric also known asCrape, crepon, crespe, crisp
Fabric compositionWool, silk, or synthetic materials
Fabric possible thread count variationsVaries depending on the base material
Fabric breathabilityCrepe made with organic materials has higher breathability than synthetic crepe
Moisture-wicking abilitiesGenerally high
Heat retention abilitiesLow
Stretchability (give)High
Prone to pilling/bubblingLow
Country, where fabric was first, producedVarious ancient cultures
Biggest exporting/producing country todayDepends on the type of fabric used
Recommended washing temperaturesCold or hand wash
Commonly used inScarves, shawls, wraps, dresses, eveningwear, hats, mourning wear, high fashion, curtains

What is crepe fabric?

Crepe is a weaving or fabric treatment method that results in a unique rippling, three-dimensional texture.

Garments and other textiles made with crepe fabric are generally delicate and used for ceremonial occasions.

Traditionally, it was worn by women at times of mourning in many Western cultures, but this practice has largely gone out of fashion.

Other cultures around the world incorporate various types of crape fabric into their textile manufacturing; and in some cases, traditional crape fabric is still used that has been woven the same way for thousands of years.


Crepe Fabric Characteristics


Aside from its characteristic wrinkled look, crepe material fabric usually has a beautiful drape.

The thinness of the fabric makes it very breezy and breathable; plus, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.

Though this is great for wicking moisture, it also means that crepe doesn’t retain heat very well

End Uses

Due to its delicate nature, crape fabric is generally used in scarves, eveningwear, and other lightweight types of clothing.

Wool crepe is more durable than silk crepe, which means that it can be used in more heavy-duty clothing applications like sweaters and dresses.

 Crepe garments made from silk and wool are also far more likely to be comfortable.


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