Satin is more than just a soft, shiny fabric often used for fancy dresses. A satin weave can comprise many types of fabrics, and its uses number beyond bridesmaid dresses and gowns. Satin refers to the weave, not the textile, and most fabric characterized as satin has a soft, shiny finish that can be seen anywhere from evening bags to upholstery.

It is not difficult to find out whether the fabric is silk or Satin.  Satin has a very distinctive sheen which is glossy and smooth.  One side of the fabric is very smooth and shiny while the other is matte or dull.  Undoubtedly, Satin has a very luxurious feel and appearance, but it can be woefully challenging for tailors to deal with the fabric as it keeps slipping away! Satin has gained a lot of prominence over the centuries and has been used in products ranging from garments to footwear.  One cannot replace the luxurious feel of the Satin fabric, no matter which weave it is in.  However, the one thing that has considerably changed about Satin over the years is the fact that it has become more affordable due to the innovative manufacturing of the fabric as well as the introduction of Satin created with synthetic threads.

Satin is a delicate fabric and needs to be properly maintained in order to increase the life of the garment.  Dry-cleaning is normally preferred for Satin fabrics with a silk weave. However, polyester Satin can be washed delicately with a mild detergent.  Never wring your Satin garments for drying. Simply hang them.  While ironing Satin garments, make sure that you iron on the reverse side with a temperature that is on low heat. A lot of daily wear apparel such as blouses, shirts, scarves, shirts and ties which are termed ‘delicate’, are also made out of satin and are widely used.   The lingerie industry is also heavily dependent on Satin for its gowns and lingerie. Upholstery for beddings, curtains and drapes made out of satin lend a characteristic richness to the environment.

A lot of modifications and innovations are happening to the beautiful Satin fabric. From stretch Satin fabric to the latest digital prints, a lot of experimentation is being done with this timeless and exquisite fabric.