Appendix 1: Fabric Identification Guide

Figure A.1.1 Broadwick Silks in Berwick Street, London

Figure A.1.1 Broadwick Silks in Berwick Street, London

The descriptions below suggest the properties and textures of the most common fabrics you may encounter on your fabric sourcing expeditions, or in conversation with your costume designer, stitchers or actors.

  • Acetate: a man-made fiber derived from wood or cotton byproducts and then treated with acetic acid. It produces a durable, light-weight fabric that has a sheen, so it is often used in the production of satins and taffetas.
  • Acrylic: a man-made fiber that consists of a long chain of synthetic polymer.
  • Barathea: a worsted fabric that is traditionally ...

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