Fabric Manufacturing

Lawn Fabric / Lawn Cloth

Lawn Fabric / Lawn Cloth

Lawn cloth or lawn fabric is a fine plain weave textile, made with fine combed cotton. Nowadays Lawn is a very familiar term to us. Many of us prefer lawn cloth because it is so comfortable to wear containing great drapability. Mostly nowadays it is renowned for lady’s wear.

What is Lawn Cloth or Lawn Fabric?

The term Lawn derived from the word ‘LAON’ which is a city in France. Lawn fabric or cloth is a type of plain weave fabric that is commonly made with cotton. But the lawn was originally manufactured from linen. Lawn is a lightweight, breathable fabric with a smooth texture.

At a Glance


Fabric name Lawn cloth
Fabric also known as Lawn fiber, lawn, batiste, nansook, cotton lawn
Composition Usually cotton
Fabric possible thread count variations 150-200
Fabric breathability High
Moisture-wicking abilities High
Heat retention abilities Medium
Stretchability (give) Reasonably stretchy
Prone to pilling/bubbling Low
Country of Origin France
Biggest exporting/producing country today India or Pakistan
Recommended washing temperatures Medium to hot
Commonly used in Dresses, blouses, shirts, skirts, pinafores, nightwear, handkerchiefs, lingerie, lawn suits

Lawn Fabric Properties and Characteristics


  1. Lawn is a lightweight plain weaved fabric.
  2. It is generally opaque and sheer cloth.
  3. It is a fabric of characteristics between voile and organdy. It is crisper than voile and crisper than organdy.
  4. It is well-known for its semi-transparency characteristics.

Classification of Lawn:

  1. White ( bleached)
  2. Dyed
  3. Printed

How lawn cloth fabric is made?

Lawn cloth is made using standard plain-weave production methods. Textile producers can make plain-weave garments using conventional methods that have been around for centuries, but in most cases, lawn cloth is mass-produced in textile factories using mechanized looms.

Since lawn cloth usually consists of cotton fibers these days, this fabric’s production process begins in cotton cultivation fields. Mature cotton bolls are separated from their seeds, and the resulting fibers are either carded or combed before they are spun into yarn.

Combing results in finer, softer fibers, but it is more expensive. While cotton fibers produced by carding are somewhat rougher, they are cheaper to produce.

In most cases, the woven lawn is relatively crisp to the touch, but it is less crisp than certain other types of natural fabrics such as organdy. As a result, the term “lawn” is used widely within the textile industry to refer to any fabric that has a crisp hand. While lawn fabric is crisp due to the inherent quality of its materials, however, most other textiles referred to as “lawn” have been subjected to a starched finish process.


Uses of Lawn Fabric:

Lawn fabrics are used in the following sectors:

  1. Dresses
  2. Blouses
  3. Underwear
  4. Nightwear
  5. Shirting
  6. Collar
  7. Cuff
  8. Aprons
  9. Curtains
  10. Pinafores
  11. Lingerie
  12. Baby wear
  13. Lawn suits
  14. Handkerchiefs

This fabric is perfect for lightweight tops, dresses, and skirts that are perfect for spring and summer. Due to the lightweight nature of the fabric, It can be also used as a lining fabric of garment.

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