Fabric Manufacturing

Crepe Fabric Characteristics and Uses

Crepe is a relatively old kind of fabric, which means that there’s been a lot of time for it to develop. The term ‘crepe’ doesn’t denote any type of fiber, but rather a way of making a fabric. 

At a Glance


Name Crepe
The fabric is also known as Crape, crepon, crespe, crisp
Fabric composition Wool, silk, or synthetic materials
Fabric possible thread count variations Varies depending on the base material
Fabric breathability Crepe made with organic materials has higher breathability than synthetic crepe
Moisture-wicking abilities Generally high
Heat retention abilities Low
Stretchability (give) High
Prone to pilling/bubbling Low
Country, where the fabric was first, produced Various ancient cultures
Biggest exporting/producing country today Depends on the type of fabric used
Recommended washing temperatures Cold or hand wash
Commonly used in Scarves, shawls, wraps, dresses, eveningwear, hats, mourning wear, high fashion, curtains

What is crepe fabric?

Crepe is a weaving or fabric treatment method that results in a unique rippling, three-dimensional texture.

Garments and other textiles made with crepe fabric are generally delicate and used for ceremonial occasions.

Traditionally, it was worn by women at times of mourning in many Western cultures, but this practice has largely gone out of fashion.

Other cultures around the world incorporate various types of crape fabric into their textile manufacturing; and in some cases, traditional crape fabric is still used that has been woven the same way for thousands of years.




Aside from its characteristic wrinkled look, crepe material fabric usually has a beautiful drape.

The thinness of the fabric makes it very breezy and breathable; plus, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.

Though this is great for wicking moisture, it also means that crepe doesn’t retain heat very well

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Due to its delicate nature, crape fabric is generally used in scarves, eveningwear, and other lightweight types of clothing.

Wool crepe is more durable than silk crepe, which means that it can be used in more heavy-duty clothing applications like sweaters and dresses.

 Crepe garments made from silk and wool are also far more likely to be comfortable.


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