JUL 17, 2015

The Different Types of Clothing Fabric

Today consumers are treated to an extensive range of different clothing fabric. Ideal for a wealth of different clothes, they each have individual attributes that make them perfect for different seasons and garments.

Keep reading below for a brief explanation of the different types of fabric commonly employed and which garments they are best suited to.


Present in most every type of clothing, cotton has become a staple in clothing design. From shirts and trousers to t-shirts, waistcoats, almost every single garment is 100% or at the very least 20% cotton. The most common uses of cotton include the denim for blue jeans and professional and casual shirts. Indeed, without cotton we’d have to completely rethink how to manufacture clothing.


Taken from sheep, wool is used to create a plethora of different garments. Indeed, variants of woollen clothes include cashmere which is taken from goats and qiviut which is taken from camels and alpacas. Those wishing for optimal luxury can also choose angora, used in sweatshirts and suits and is harvested from rabbits.  Woollen materials are famed for providing warmth in the cold winter months.


Leather is one of the most prevalent materials found in clothing manufacture today. Both clothing and shoe designs rely heavily on leather. Durable, flexible leather can be used to design handbags, jackets, trousers, belts and aforementioned shoes. The reason for the relative expense of the material is the extensive treatment and processing needed before manufacture.


Owing to its fine texture, silk has a wealth of specialised applications. Used by aristocracy and the rich for generations, silk is a sign of opulence and wealth. Today, the material remains just as sought after and expensive. Production comes primarily from insects like moth caterpillars and supplies are limited. This only adds to the allure of the material.

Synthetic Fabrics

As fibres manufactured from using the industrial process, synthetic fibres aren’t found in nature. Recent years have seen increased demand for synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyester and spandex. Readily available and affordable, synthetic fabrics are integral to a wealth of clothing designs.

The different types of clothing fabrics each have their individual attributes and characteristics, making them ideal for different types of clothing.



Created on 17th July 2015
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