Scarves come in many different shapes, sizes, colours and, most importantly, fabric materials. A scarfs fabrication determines its texture and appearance so it is always important to pay attention to the materials of scarves to find one that best suits your needs. Other factors including weather conditions, personal style, comfort and practicality would all play a key role in choosing an appropriate material that is right for you, so below you can find a range of materials from thick to thin listed as well as their attributes and properties.
Cotton: This classic material is commonly favoured for its laundered ability and durability. Its breathable natural fibres allows air to circulate through the scarf, keeping you cool and naturally air conditioned, making it perfect for hot conditions.
Viscose: This is a versatile and inexpensive material. Similar to cotton, it does not trap body heat due to its light and breathable attributes although it is a highly absorbent material. Its texture is very smooth, soft and comfortable and it beautifully drapes.
Jersey: Jersey is a knit fabric used for scarves and a wide array of garments with an ideal pallet for beading, studding, sequins, and other embellishment. It tends to be mid to light-weight with a considerable amount of stretch. Jersey is often made of natural materials like cotton and wool which are breathable and suitable for all year round.
Silk: Silk is one of the popular fabrics for apparel because of its unique properties. It is very expensive as it is made from a natural protein fibre obtained from the larvae cocoons of the mulberry silkworm. It can be shiny or matte in lustre, and is especially delicate with excellent drape-ability.
Polyester: The fibres used to create Polyester are very strong yet lightweight with the ability to retain its shape very well. Polyester is very durable and is resistant to many chemicals. Its popularity lies in its resistance to shrinking and stretching, wrinkling and abrasions. Polyester fabric is easy to look after and dries very quickly.
Cashmere: This luxurious fabric is made from the wool of the cashmere goat. Cashmere is known for its extreme softness, warmth and lustrous quality, a result of its extremely fine fibres making it perfect for cold weathers. It is light in weight and, when handled with care, becomes softer with time.
Chiffon: Chiffon fabric is an airy, sheer plain weave cloth especially popular in summer. It has a semi-mesh weave which gives it a sheer transparent appearance. Despite its airiness, chiffon is worn not only in summer, but the whole year round. Its popularity is explained by many of its properties, such as elegant drape, soft touch and lightness in weight. Chiffon can be woven from natural fibres, like silk or cotton, or man-made fibers, like viscose.