Definition of Chambray

Fibre: Cotton

Weave: Plain weave or dobby designs on a plain-weave ground. A fine variety of gingham, commonly plain, but with the warp and weft of different colours.

Characteristics: Made with a dyed warp and a white or unbleached filling. Both carded and combed yarns used. Has a white selvedge. Some woven with alternating white and coloured warp. "Faded" look. Has very soft colouring. Some made with stripes, checks or embroidered. Smooth, strong, closely woven, soft and has a slight lustre. Wears very well, easy to sew, and launders well. If not crease resistant, it wrinkles easily. Originated in Cobrai, France, where it was first made for sunbonnets.

Uses: Children's wear, dresses, shirts and blouses, aprons, all kinds of sportswear. A fine variety of gingham, commonly plain, but with the warp and weft of different colours.

Derivation of Chambray: From Cambric

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