Crepe Fabric

Crepe Fabric

What is Crepe?

Crepe is  weave fabric. Crepe is made with all the major man-made or natural fibers like wool, polyester or silk. Crepe fabric are generally delicate and used for ceremonial occasions.

Types of crepe fabric:

1. Crepe de Chine
2. Crepe georgette 
3. Wool crepe
4. Polyester crepe
5. Crepe-back satin
6. Crepe charmeuse


In the West, crepe gained popularity outside of mourning attire during the 19th century. Very rapidly, a company called Courtaulds almost completely dominated the crepe manufacturing market, and over the years, this iconic firm experimented with a variety of different crepe weaves and materials.

What Makes it Stand Out

Crepe is also historically called crisp.

Texture  Crinkled or pebbled 
Fall Graceful 
Shine Subtle 
Sheer Slightly 

Application & Usage 

  • Crepe is used in  types of clothing like sweaters and dresses.
  • Crepe is also used in accessories like scarves, evening wear and other lightweight clothing.

Clothing  Yes
Home Furnishing No
Accessories  Yes

New Age Innovations 

  • Today, crepe is most commonly used in high fashion and other types of decorative apparel design.
  • Crepe fabric has long since lost its immediate association with mourning attire, which has allowed the use of this textile to expand outside of its traditional uses.
  • Often mixed with other fabric types and weaves, crepe has a unique light, textured profile that makes it highly useful in flowing, airy garments.

Care Instructions of Crepe 

  • Most crêpe needs to be dry cleaned and will shrink significantly when washed in a washing machine.

  • In a few cases, crêpe can be washed by hand in cold water and then laid flat to dry.

  • Place the crepe fabric into the soapy water and gently rub over the crepe to work the detergent into the fabric.

  • Rinse the fabric with warm water.

  • Allow fabric to air dry.

  • Iron the crepe, underside of the crepe. Use a cool iron on silk fabrics and place a thin towel between the crepe and iron.

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