TEXTILES 101 : WHAT I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEXTILES

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Happy Tuesday once again!

There are weeks where I feel that Tuesday never left, am I the only one???

Nonetheless, I find Tuesdays to be a good day! 

Mondays are usually the day we need a kick start and motivation, and Fridays are the "getting ready for the weekend" day, so I realized that Tuesdays are the day to get fuelled up and informed.

So, here's the weekly dose of La Priscille Design!

Let’s begin by identifying what textiles are.

The common word used for textile is fabric. As accurate this may be, it may not be the best term to use in the industry. The definition of textile has a versatile range of materials used, while the word fabric is simply vague. Textile can also be perceived to describe a fabric with particular textures. 

To give you a “proper” definition, let’s see what Merriam Webster dictionary describes it by.

Full Definition of textile:
  • Cloth {material that is made by weaving together threads of cotton, wool, nylon, etc., and that is used to make clothes, sheets, etc.} 
  • a woven or knit cloth
  • a fiber, filament, or yarn used in making cloth
("Textile." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web.)

I’d like to give a point a reference on what textiles are used for. 

In the image below, we can identify three different use of textile in the space. First, the curtains, than the chair seat, lastly the cushion. All three may be categorized as “fabric” but because of the different fibres used and the different weaving methods used, we’ll refer to them as textiles. 


This means that there are many different use for textiles. In interior design we often refer textiles in the reference of upholstery, and in fashion design, it’s used to meet the need of humans for functional and fashionable clothing.

Textiles are made up of fibres that have been bind together using different methods such as weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or felting.

Fibres that are used can be animal-based (such as wool, camel hair, cashmere, mohair and wool), plant-based (such as abaca, coir, cotton, flax, bamboo, and jute), mineral-based (asbestos and fibreglass used as fire-resistance material), and of course, synthetic (such as acrylic, nylon, kevlar, polyester, and spandex). 

I have named a few common examples of each type of fibres but of course the list goes on as the options are endless

So, let us recap!

Textiles are:
  • Made up of different types of fibres
  • Bind together using different methods/techniques
  • Versatile in their purpose
There you have it! A brief, yet insightful 101 class on textiles. Don’t forget to share your thought and opinion below! Questions are ALWAYS welcomed, so don’t hesitate, ask me NOW!
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