Description : Part of the Brocade family of jacquard weaves, damask has a flat look and appears similar on both sides. It incorporates both shiny and matte threads, usually within a single color, within a pattern displayed on the surface of the fabric. Damask does not ease well, and has a tendency to wrinkle.
Fabrication : Damask is commonly made with silk, linen, cotton, wool, worsted, rayon or manufactured fibres.
Subtypes :
Dyes, color treatment and washing characteristics : Machine wash in warm water and tumble dry at regular temperatures. To preshrink, use steam or dry cleaning for dark colored damasks, as these tend to fade with washing and to become white at the edges with wear.
Draping properties :
Cutting properties : Can be cut double thickness. Damask is easily damaged by wax, chalk and erasable pens.
Sewing challenges : Use a fusible tricot, bias linen or self fabric for interfacing. You may need to help the needle pass through several layers by using soap on the needle. Use topstitching for unlined or washable designs. For topstitching, lengthen the stitches to 3-4 mm. Press from the wrong side - if you must press on the right side, use a pressing cloth.
Example creations :
Uses worldwide : Jackets, coats, blouses, bias skirts, pants, dresses, curtains and draperies. Seams should be flat fell finished. Press with iron at cotton setting with steam - no press cloth is needed. Can be machine hemmed.
Origins and history :
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