What is Oxford Fabric ?
- Oxford cloth is a type of woven dress shirt fabric , made using basket weave , employed to make dress shirts sometimes called Oxford shirts worn on casual to formal occasions .
- Oxford fabric is very popular due to its characteristics and multipurpose use.
- Originally Oxford weave was made using primarily cotton, but nowadays many other fibres are used including Polyester, Viscose and other synthetic fibres.
- Plain Oxford fabric: It is soft, it does not wrinkle easily due to the way in which the smooth fabric is created that combines two woven yarns (longitudinally) with a yarn with a higher grammage (transversal).
- Pinpoint Oxford : Pinpoint Oxford is created out of a finer yarn and tighter basket weave, thus giving it a softer and smoother texture than a typical Oxford cloth. It has a little shine, but not as that of Royal Oxford. The yarns that it is made of are of lighter weight and less thicker than that of a regular Oxford cloth, but more than that of the Royal Oxford. It is very suitable for someone who wants a polished look, and is also good for casual occasions. However, one should be a little careful with sharp edges when wearing clothes made out of pinpoint fabric as it is soft and can, therefore, give way easily.
- Royal Oxford : Royal Oxford is very different from Pinpoint Oxford. It has a typical shine and texture, and is the most sveltest of the Oxford weaves. It is created out of extremely fine and light threads, resulting in a smoother, shinier, and finer fabric than regular Oxford and pinpoint Oxford fabrics. It has a more prominent and elaborate weave than pinpoint or regular Oxford, which results in a more significant texture and makes the yarns sparkle. Royal Oxford is very suitable for dressy occasions.
- During the early 19th century, the heart of European textile production was in Scotland.
- One mill (name unknown) was experimenting with new weaves. They marketed four new fabrics, which were named after the most popular universities of the day (Yale, Harvard, Cambridge & Oxford) .
- Three of the weaves didn’t prove to be very popular and therefore they ceased production on those, but Oxford cloth still survives today.
What Makes it Stand Out
- The Oxford fabric has great insulating properties. It can trap in a lot of air depending on its thickness and keeps one warm. Hence, it can be a great choice for winter.
- Oxford fabrics have fine textures and are slightly heavy in weight.
- Their basket type of weaving gives the fabric durable and breathable properties.
- These fabrics age well and get softer with each use.
- They are also naturally resistant to wrinkles.
- Oxford fabrics dry easily after washing.
- They have good resistance to abrasion and chemical agents.
- Easy to maintain Oxford fabrics are often used with an additional coating.
- One such coating is polyurethane, which provides water and wind-resisting properties as well as prevents accumulation of dirt between fibers, while the other, i.e., polyvinyl chloride coating provides complete water resistance.
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Applications & Usage
- It is particularly used for making casual or sporty cotton shirts, pants, and other casual-to-formal garments.
- They can also be used for making bags, backpacks, suitcases, tents, tourism equipment, hunting and fishing equipment.
- Tables cloth, sleeping bags, and different kinds of cases.
- They are ideal to use for window treatments, duvet covers, pillow shams, wall hangings, and coverings .
- Synthetic fabrics should be washed and dried at medium or low heat, but not ironed, while cotton fibers can be ironed, washed, and dried at high temperatures.
- It will also become softer with repeated use.
- Do not use bleach while washing this fabric.