Bengaline Silk

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What is Bengaline Silk?

  • During the 1880s, it was a trend for ladies and children of all ages to wear a fabric called bengaline, which was made of a blend of rayon and cotton.
  • The fabric is made from a single fabric or by crossing two different fabrics together.
  • The weight of the finished cloth is determined by the materials that were used in the weaving process.
  • The surface of the fabric is ribbed all the way across the warp, which gives the impression that it is sturdy than it really is.
Bengaline Silk


  • Bengaline Fabric was first produced in India's eastern state, Bengal many decades ago. Despite their inability to recognize the fabric's beauty, French merchants imported it from India and marketed it to the rapidly developing fashion industry.
  • Europeans weren't able to accurately assess the value of this excellent cloth until the latter half of the nineteenth century. Even though the fabric was cheaper than real silk, designers and customers couldn't resist its beautiful look and usefulness.
  • It was originally produced from the finest silk strands, earning it the title of noble cloth. When the price of silk threads got so high that they were no longer affordable, they were replaced with threads made from other materials.
  • Nowadays, natural fibers like cotton, silk, and wool are often utilized, sometimes in combination with man-made fibers such as nylon and rayon.
Bengaline Silk

What Makes it Stand Out?


As the fabric is woven with fibers of silk and cotton, it has a slight shine making it look luxurious.  


The fabric can easily be dyed with different vibrant colors.


Bengaline fabric has a special elasticity and flexibility that makes it easy to move around.


It is sturdy and durable and is also used in making clothes for kids. 

Applications & Uses


Dresses, gowns, wedding gowns, coats, pants, etc. 

Home Furnishing 

Curtains, table covers, bed sheets, etc.

Care Instructions

  • The Bengaline fabric does not respond well when subjected to the machine washing and drying processes.
  • Because it tends to shrink a lot, you will need to wash this fabric before you use it.
  • When smoothing out the creases in this fabric, hang it out to dry and use the wool setting on your iron.
  • It is important to keep this cloth free from corrosive substances and high temperatures.
Bengaline Silk
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