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Chambray - Fabriclore

Chambray

What is Chambray Fabric? 

  • The natural fibers of linen or cotton are used in the production of chambray, which is a kind of fabric.
  • Cambric and batiste are two names that are sometimes used to refer to variations of chambray fabric. The production of this kind of fabric dates back hundreds of years.
  • Denim is a form of fabric that is quite similar to this type of fabric, which is fine and thick at the same time. Denim is heavier and less breathable than chambray. As a consequence of this difference, chambray is substantially lighter.
  • It is characterized by a pattern that gives it a look that is reminiscent of heathering. This is the result of a simple weave with a 1 to 1 ratio with a colored warp (often blue) and a white weft. 
  • The fabric has a certain depth thanks to the white threads that flow over the colorful ones, all while keeping a lower weight.

Chambray Fabric

History 

  • The history of chambray may be traced back to the middle of the 1500s; it evolved from the cambric fabric in the beginning.
  • Cambric is a light fabric that was traditionally made from linen. It has a simple weave and is not very thick.
  • The first time the fabric was made was in Cambrai, which is now in northern France.
  • Cambric was a high-quality fabric that was traditionally used for a variety of purposes, including shirting, handkerchiefs, and more complex items such as lace and embroidery.
  • Chambray is a type of fabric that started out as a simple weave. It first became popular in the early 1800s.
  • It received official support from publications such as the US Farmer's Bulletin in 1831.
  • Denim and chambray were originally approved for use by the United States Navy in 1901, which paved the path for broad use of the fabric in the United States.
  • From that point on, all the way until World War II, it was not uncommon for sailors to be seen wearing denim pants and chambray shirts.
  • Workers all over the United States liked the shirting fabric very quickly, which led to the phrase "blue collar" being used a lot. 

Chambray Fabric

What Makes it Stand Out 

Texture 

Chambray has a smooth and soft texture.

Fall

Due to its smooth texture the fabric gives a flowy drape.

Breathable

It is breathable and has a moisture-wicking properties. 

 

Applications & Usage 

Clothing 

Shirts, dresses, shorts, tops, etc.

Home Furnishing 

Curtains, pillow cover, tablecloths, mats, etc.

Care Instructions 

  • The fabric is machine washable. 
  • Washing in cold water will prevent the fabric from shrinking. 
  • Dry the fabric using the low setting on the tumble dryer. 
  • Because it creases readily, you will need to iron it on a regular basis. 
  • Place the iron on the cotton setting.

Chambray Fabric

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