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Satin

A traditional fabric utilizing a satin weave construction to achieve a lustrous fabric surface. The basic type of weave is made up of eight weft threads that are tied down with one floating weft thread. It is light to medium-weight with a glossy face and a dull back. Satin is a traditional fabric for evening and wedding garments. Typical examples of satin weave fabrics include slipper satin, crepe back satin, faille satin, duchess satin, moleskin, and antique satin. If the yarns used are short-staple yarns such as cotton, the fabric formed is considered a sateen. Satin originated in China and takes its name from Zaytoun, now Guangzhou, in southern China.

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