Chiffon Fabric

Chiffon Fabric

What is Chiffon fabric?

  • Chiffon is a sheer, light, soft and semi-transparent fabric. 
  • It is made to appear as a gauze and is woven with a twist into the yarns. 
  • These twists give Chiffon a stretch and when examined under a microscope it appears to be  like a fine net. 
  • The subtle transparency of chiffon fabric reveals a unique charm when worn as a garment. Quite often, people use lining fabric with chiffon.
  • Different types of chiffon are - Silk chiffon, polyester chiffon, cotton chiffon, etc. 
Chiffon Fabric


  • Chiffon fabric was initially designed in France, however, the manufacturing of it expanded across the globe as soon as the Industrial Revolution steamed up. 
  • During the first few years of the 1900s, the silk chiffon was comparatively manufactured on a larger scale within the U.S than other nations. 
  • Since it was mainly made of silk, it was quite expensive for an ordinary person to buy.
  •  Due to this, people started replacing silk with other materials for manufacturing chiffon. 
  • In 1938, Nylon chiffon was manufactured and in 1958, polyester chiffon. 
  • With the creation of these synthetic fabrics , chiffon became common, accessible and popular to use. 
History Of Chiffon Fabric

What makes it special?

Chiffon is a gauze-like fabric which is known for its lustrous and sheer appearance. 


Chiffon cloth has a transparent appearance, that is , when you hold the fabric under a microscope, it will appear like a mesh. 


Due to alteration of S-twist and Z-twist, the fabric has slight puckers which makes it rough in touch.


Synthetic chiffon, as well as natural chiffon, are strong because of the tight weaving of the fabric.


The silk chiffon fabric has a shimmery texture whereas cotton chiffon has a matte texture. 


Since chiffon is woven in different directions, it has a feel similar to spandex. As silk is more pliable, therefore, silk chiffon has more stretch in comparison to polyester chiffon.

Application & Usage

Woven Fabrics

Women - Blouses, evening gowns, scarfs, jackets,sarees, skirts, dresses etc.

Men- Trousers, shirts, vests, etc. (Heavy-weight chiffon)

Home Furnishing

Curtains, cushion covers, etc.

How to Judge the Authenticity of Chiffon?

  • Silk chiffon can be identified by holding it under a light. If the fabric reflects light from different angles then it is pure chiffon.
  • If the fabric has a white sheen irrespective of the angle you are holding , then it is an artificial chiffon. 
  • Check the stretch, sturdiness and shimmery consistency of the chiffon fabric.
  • Chiffon has slight puckers due to its altering process. 
Chiffon Fabric Online

Care Instructions

The caring of Chiffon varies from the type of fiber it comprises. Instructions to chiffon fabric whether it is made up of natural or synthetic fiber can be concluded as-

  • Chiffon silk must be dry cleaned.
  • Nylon Chiffon as well as Polyester Chiffon can be washed in a machine on gentle mode or can be hand washed.
  • While washing chiffon, use a mild detergent.
  • Soak for 30 minutes and then wash it with cold water. 
  • Do not soak for a much longer duration, otherwise, the dye will start to fade.
  • Do not twist or squeeze chiffon, as it tends to lose shape easily. 
  • Chiffon can easily fade when kept under direct sunlight. 
  • Dry it by laying on a flat surface. 

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Mohammed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ibrahim

We needed cotton and Rayon fabrics for scarves 1000MTR.

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