Tricot is a type of fabric often distinguished by the knitting pattern used to make it. That knitting pattern gives way to the characteristic texture of the tricot – smooth one side and textured on the other. As a result, one can often find tricot used as a lining material because of its comfortable feel. In this post, we will look at some of the basic characteristics of tricot fabric and take the time to get to know this material in more detail.
The making of tricot begins when the weaver identifies the raw material from which the fabric is weaved. In this case, there are plenty of options to choose from; the weaver can decide to make tricot from natural or synthetic fibers and that helps determine how the fabric is eventually used. Some of the fiber options that are eventually used in weaving tricot include cotton, silk, wool, rayon and even nylon.
Once the type fiber is chosen, the actual weaving process can begin. Tricot fabric uses what is known as a knit weave where a close knit design is used to make the final product. This pattern requires that fibers run in the lengthwise direction and then meshes with the other fiber running in the horizontal direction using an interloped pattern. This weaving pattern creates that tricot texture that many have come to know and love where one side is completely smooth and the other side textured like most other fabrics. All in all, the typical tricot has a sturdy and strong make balanced by a comfortable softness that appeals to buyers of sophisticated and elegant clothing designs.
Speaking of sophisticated and elegant, one of the biggest markets for tricot is in luggage and jewelry boxes where it is used as a lining material. Open your luggage and feel the smooth material that lines the inner compartments; chances are that this is made of tricot. The reason for this is because tricot holds its form well over time. The fact that tricot does not sag is one of the biggest reasons why it’s a popular lining material for luggage and bags.
But more than just being used in luggage lining, the biggest market for tricot is for women’s undergarments where it finds multiple uses. From skirt and dress linings, tricot is a trusty companion that blends comfort, convenience, and form in one go. In warm weather, the breathability of tricot is also unrivalled making it a popular choice in summer dresses.
If you are into DIY clothing, tricot is something you should have in your closet of raw materials. Given its versatility and general usability, there is no mistaking that tricot fabric can very well become your next favorite material for those oh-so-utilitarian uses.