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Challis

What is Challis ?  

  • Challis is a lightweight woven fabric that was originally made by blending silk and wool, but there were also cases where a single fabric such as silk, cotton, or wool was used in creating it.
  • But now Challis, is mostly made of Rayon only . Rayon, which is known to be a synthetic fiber, is now the most commonly used material in making challis because it is easier to obtain and more durable than the others.

History 

  • The origin of the word Challis is actually from the Anglo-Indian word “shallee” which means ‘soft’.
  • According to history, Challis was first produced in Norwich, England during the early 1830s.
  • This type of fabric has been specifically designed to be soft and thin, much like the Norwich crepe, but rather than having a glossy texture, the Challis fabric has a matte texture and has been known to be more pliable.
  • The traditional design for Challis comes with a paisley and floral patterns.

What Makes it Stand Out 

  • Challis is a fabric that is loved by many, especially during summer when the heat of the sun is a little bit unbearable.
  • This material drapes very well.
  • It’s soft and pliable so it hugs your body softly.
  • It’s breathable & light weight.
  • It doesn’t wrinkle much and even when it does, it will return to its original state after you’ve worn it for a few minutes.
Texture  Very smooth fabric that is quite cool to the touch
Fall  Drapes well
Shine  Dull
Sheer  Opaque

Lavender Challis fabric

Image Reference - https://www.amazon.in/Rayon-Challis-Fabric-Colors-Lilac/dp/B071G3TB4B

Applications & Usage 

  • Challis was once extremely popular and has been casually used as a fabric for making dirndls, shawls, bed jackets, and even babushkas.
  • Loose-fitting - good fitted tops to dresses, to skirts and even pants.
  • Challis is also a popular material used for loungewear.
Apparel   Yes
Home Decor   -
Accessories   Yes

Black Challis lounge wear

Image Reference - https://pin.it/3vldhNZ

Tie dye Challis shawl

Image Reference - http://www.fabricoutletsf.com/new-tie-dye-rayon-challis/

Innovations 

  • Originally made by blending silk and wool, but there were also cases where a single fabric such as silk, cotton, or wool was used in creating it. But now Challis, is mostly made of Rayon only.

Care Instructions 

  • Recommend pre-washing on a warm wash cycle and medium tumble dry cycle. 
  • Wash it on a cold cycle and hang dry it.
  • Rayon challis can withstand a medium hot iron with steam.

Reference Links 

https://blog.treasurie.com/what-is-challis/ https://www.fabricsyard.com/print-by-the-yard-blog/what-is-rayon-challis-fabric/

https://www.allieolson.com/blogs/blog/fabric-files-rayon-challis

https://www.fabricwholesaledirect.com/products/rayon-challis-fabric?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&variant=39460412063859

 


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