What is a pleated fabric?

25.05.2021

The pleated material has its origins in French fashion culture. And this is not surprising, as French women know a lot about beauty. Airiness and softness of folds – that's what pleated fabric is. Thanks to these properties, it has become so popular in the fashion industry.

The fabric is a material consisting of equal width folds, usually up to 2 centimeters, pressed onto the edges, which gives them stability and increases their strength characteristics. Folds can be different: flared, straight, figured, with a different arrangement and other interesting details. Buy wedding and evening fabrics from Wedding World and you will not miss the opportunity to find an amazing range of pleated fabrics.

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The history of the appearance of pleated fabric

Nowadays, pleated products occupy the first positions in the ranking of fashion trends. Designers say that pleated fabric is a timeless material. Even if it suddenly leaves the catalogs of glossy magazines, then after one or two seasons it is returned again. No other material is able to give things such gracefulness, flowing elegance and airiness. It is impossible to say exactly when it began its "life cycle". Most experts in this area are inclined to believe that this happened in Ancient Egypt.

The pleated fabric quickly fell in love with not only connoisseurs of fashion for its ability to effectively emphasize the bends of the body. An interesting fact is that initially the material was used only to create men's outfits. This opportunity was available exclusively to aristocrats.

A little later, representatives of noble families also began to use pleated fabric in their robes – kalasiris.

Pleated material was popular in ancient Greece as well, and the clothes for men made from it were called schenti.

Moving further from ancient times to the present day, the accordion material was seen in Scottish outfits, Azerbaijani costumes, and protective clothing of warriors during the reign of Alexander the Great. Clothes in a fold allowed free movement, did not restrain and were distinguished by their light weight.

Since the beginning of the 17th century, a separate status was found for pleated fabric, which has been entrenched and has survived to this day.

We offer to order pleated fabric in the Wedding World online store. Choose the best fabric samples and receive them with courier delivery in 1-3 days.

Production and manufacture of pleated material

Major manufacturers of pleated fabrics are now concentrated in South Korea, China, Italy, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine. The Wedding World online store has some of the best examples of this excellent material.

The production of pleated fabric is a unique technology of different types of weaving. After weaving technology, when a single piece of fabric is ready, it is dyed in a certain color and placed under a press. This is how specific folds appear.

Varieties of pleated fabric

Almost everyone knows what pleated fabric is. But few people know what type of threads and weaving technology are used to create this material. Pleated fabric can be of the following types:

  1. Velvet has a fuzzy texture and medium density. Velvet has excellent crease resistance. It can be of synthetic or natural origin. It is suitable for sewing evening, wedding and everyday outfits.

  2. Chiffon is a flowing translucent material. A mixture of silk and viscose or cotton, or exclusively silk is used in its production. Skirts, dresses and blouses are usually made from it.

  3. Mesh differs in the texture of the surface. It is crafted from polyester. It is used in sewing costumes for performances or as trimming of things.

  4. Atlas is a glossy material. Polyester, viscose and silk are used for its production. Ideal for creating evening outfits.

  5. Crepe has a grainy texture and low shine. Raw silk is a material for making crepe. Different types of women's clothing are sewn from crepe fabric.

All these varieties are united by high technical characteristics and operational properties, including environmental safety, ease of maintenance, color stability to UV rays, and retention of shape.

Field of use of pleated fabric

Pleated fabric has become very popular in the sewing business. It is actively used for sewing:

  • - light suits;

  • - airy dresses and skirts;

  • - culottes and pants wide from the hip;

  • - trapezoidal shorts for the summer;

  • - stylish stoles and scarves;

  • - tops, blouses, tunics.

Benefits of pleated fabric

The pleated fabric is characterized by a high degree of strength and density. The material does not wrinkle and is easy to maintain. The color does not fade under the sun. Products made from such a material make the silhouette soft and graceful, stretch and slim the figure. It is suitable for creating evening and wedding dresses.