Chiffon (means cloth in French) fabric was invented in the 1930s. Originally it was made of silk fibers and became a symbol of status. What is chiffon fabric today is made of synthetic fibers to make it more affordable and durable.
Today chiffon fabric can be seen in products made of various chiffon blends. Such as evening gowns, pants, skirts, scarves, and even wedding gowns. Chiffon is versatile and chic. It is soft to the touch, lightweight, sheer, and drapes very well.
Chiffon Fabric Characteristics and Care
This fabric is plain-woven in a mesh-like style which makes it sheer. The yarns are slightly apart, and twisted, which makes the fabric can be quite stretchy. It can be made from silk, cotton, or synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester.
With multiple blends available, chiffon is versatile. Also, has different features. This fabric usually has a slippery touch, soft touch, hugs the body, drapes very well, and gives a soft feminine look.
Chiffon fabric usually looks luminous, unless made with matte fibers like cotton. This type is also more breathable, unlike the type made from silk fibers. Due to its soft texture, chiffon tends to fray easily. Polyester chiffon is more resilient than silk chiffon.
Take extra attention in caring for chiffon fabric. If the fiber is silk, then it should be dry clean only. But with polyester and nylon fibers, you can hand wash or use a gentle wash cycle. If it’s dyed, do not soak in liquids to avoid dye loss. Lay it flat to dry and keep it out of direct sunlight. If you want to iron it, use warm heat to avoid damage.