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what is crepe?

blessedtosew | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

In BWOF magazine, they refer to a fabric they call “crepe” with a little housetop symbol over the “e”.  What is that fabric?  Thanks.


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Crepe is any thin, light fabric woven with little puckers or folds on the surface. Most common is rayon or wool crepe; it drapes nicely, and the little puckers keep the fabric from being too stiff or clingy.

  2. jjgg | | #2

    It's actually the yarn that is crinkled before it's woven, so crepe fabric has a slightly spongy texture.
    You can usually find a 'crepe back satin' in most stores,(polyester) take a close look at the not shiny side, that is a crepe fabric.
    Crepe fabrics can also be different weights, so you can have a very light weight thin crepe fabric or a very thick spongy crepe.

  3. fiberfan | | #3

    In the 2nd paragraph of Chapter 10 in Mastering Weave Structures the author Sharon Alderman writes "There are two ways of obtaining a crepe fabric.  One way is to use very highly twisted yarns woven in plain weave, set opening enough to allow them to collapse and crinkle when the cloths is wet finished. ...  The other way is to use a structure that gives rise to a small overall pattern that is not readily 'understood' by the eye; we look at the cloth but don't discern a particular pattern, just a jumble of short floats in both warp and weft directions."


  4. Ralphetta | | #4

    Crepe drapes beautifully and rayon crepe was used in a lot of dresses in the '40s. Someone mentioned looking at crepe backed satin. If you do, you will notice how fluid and drapey it is.

  5. Betakin | | #5

    If this question was asked on Tautnon's CooksTalk forum you would probably get the answer that it is a pancake. :)

    It is truly a lovely material and drapes nicely as already posted. It is not a heavy material but there is silk crepe, crepe backed satin, crepe de chine, and wool crepe and can also be made of cotton. Lots of crepe.

    1. blessedtosew | | #6

      Thanks everyone for your help.   I was confused because I know there is wool crepe, polyester crepe, etc.  Betakin, I do prefer the crepe that is a food.  YUM!

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