Silk grosgrain fabric is an elegant, plain-woven fabric similar to faille, which is slightly finer. The weft yarns are thicker than the warp yarns, resulting in a distinct crosswise rib. Grosgrain has a subtle sheen. It is sturdy, with a crisp drape, forming substantial folds.
Try it in dinner jackets, formal dresses, gathered skirts, boleros, capes, and clutches. It is also popular in interior decor, where it makes an appearance in pillowcases, upholstery, drapes, wall coverings, and ornaments.
The ribbing in grosgrain fabric is even, without the irregular striping and slubs found in dupioni. Another fabric with a ribbed structure is taffeta, but the difference between the warp and weft threads is so slight that the surface appears perfectly smooth.
For garments made of grosgrain, we recommend a heavy silk lining such as silk serge .
Grosgrain fabric first gained a foothold in Baroque fashion in the 17th century. It was often referred to as “gros de Tours,” after the French town where it was made. This term, along with the French “cannelé,” is still used by textile historians and often appears in professional journals.
On a lighter note, it appears that grosgrain lent its name, at least in part, to a popular winter drink. As various sources have it, there was once a certain vice-admiral in the Royal Navy known by his crew (presumably behind his back) as “Old Grog” because of a grosgrain jacket that he had a habit of wearing. The fellow had a frustrating penchant for disciplining his men by thinning their rum ration with hot water.
The resulting drink – grog – took its name from him.
We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. In our tests of how to wash silk this fabric stood up to gentle hand washing. If you risk hand washing, use lukewarm water and a delicate detergent for woolens; do not wring or squeeze dry; block dry on a flat surface. Dry iron on the lowest setting with the steam off; water may leave marks.
Barevný len perte na 40 °C, bílé a přírodní plátno je možné prát i na 60 °C. Žehlete na nejvyšší stupeň, můžete i napařovat. Lze sušit v sušičce, doporučujeme však kratší, šetrný program.