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Popular fabric for spring and summer: Can you name all of them? (Part II)

Fabrics have many names, such as weaving method and processing method.

There are some fabrics that are difficult to understand just by hearing their names.

Do you know all of the popular fabrics for spring and summer?

For part I, please visit here.

When it comes to SS collection, Cotton, linen, and rayon are probably the three most recommended materials.


Highly absorbent and breathable, it is widely used for T-shirts, shirts, blouses, and pants.


Linen has a crisp and firm texture that absorbs sweat and is breathable, making it ideal for summer items. Linen is also strong, so it can be used not only for clothing but also for bags.


It has a smooth texture with a sense of fall, and feels cool to the touch.

It is also highly absorbent, so it is a recommended material for blouse dresses and loungewear.

These are natural and recycled fibers, but in recent years, many polyester fabrics with water-absorbing, quick-drying and cooling functions have been developed. While natural fibers have their advantages, there are many choices of synthetic fibers in terms of added value in terms of functionality.

But there are more than just these 3 basics fabrics. How about others? Can you distinguish all of them? How are they called in Japanese? Let’s find out togher!

Cordlane コードレーン

Cordlane is a plain woven fabric that has ridges in the vertical direction to create a striped woven pattern.

It is a standard fabric for summer suits and jackets with a slightly firm texture and tension.

It is light and gives a refreshing feeling during hot weather.The reason for the ridges is the difference in the thickness of the warp threads.

For example, in the case of white x blue, several white and blue threads are arranged alternately on the warp threads.

For the blue thread, the thickness with the white thread changes and ridges can be created. A thread in which two or more fibers are aligned but not twisted.

77000 Cordlane

77000 コードレーン[生地] VANCET

It is great to make jackets and pants with a silky feel.


Gauze is often used in medical supplies such as bandages and wound care, and recently in cloth masks.

By making a coarse plain weave of sweet twisted yarn, it is made into a soft, highly breathable and highly absorbent fabric.

WG4040 wide cotton double gauze 40 × 40

Nice and soft 100% cotton, soft fabric feels in the 40s. Double gauze classic.

Since it is washable, it is recommended to use as cloth masks.

14081 Yarn dyed organic cotton 40s top gauze

Organic cotton with 100% single gauze used.

Using the TOP yarn, there is also abundant color development making it soft texture and soft look.

Kanoko (Moss Stitch)

The Kanoko fabric, which is familiar in summer polo shirts, is a knitted fabric.

A small uneven stitch pattern is made on the entire knitted fabric.

The name of this “Kanoko” comes from the fine stitch pattern such as the spotted pattern of the deer.

Kanoko fabric, which has good breathability and is comfortable to wear, is a standard summer fabric.

413 T / C Moss Stitch(Water Absorption And Quick Drying, Mercerized)

413 T/C鹿の子(吸水速乾・シルケット)[生地] VANCET


It is a thin net-like knitted fabric and features hexagonal stitches. There are various types that are transparent, light, and have a firm and soft feel.

It is often used in everyday wear, such as being used for highly decorative items such as wedding veils and dresses, and recently in combination with skirts and knit sleeves.

KKF2220 Tutu Tulle

KKF2220 チュチュチュール[生地] 宇仁繊維
KKF2220 チュチュチュール[生地] 宇仁繊維

42772 Dot Tulle

42772 ドットチュール[レース] SUNWELL(サンウェル)


One of the thinnest woven fabrics, coarsely plain weave.

Originally it is a silk fabric, but the number of chemical fibers such as rayon, nylon and polyester is increasing.

The delicate sheerness and softness are recommended for skirts, dresses and blouses.

KKF7535 50d Super Chiffon Georgette

KKF7535 50dスーパーGC[生地] 宇仁繊維
KKF7535 50dスーパーGC[生地] 宇仁繊維 サブ画像

Blouse is an item that is suitable with elegant and transparent chiffon.


Organdy is a plain weave fabric with a beautiful luster and a thin, transparent feel. The fabric is transparent, has a fairly coarse texture, and is fairly light, but it is characterized by its tension, elasticity, and elasticity.

Cotton, polyester, silk, etc. are used as the material, and the one woven with silk is called “silk organdy”.

It is used for highly decorative items such as elegant dresses, scarves, corsages and accessories.

2020A Polyester Soft Organdy

Organdy that uses different colors for the warp and weft, and the colors look different depending on the viewing angle.

2020A ポリエステルソフトオーガンジー[生地] サンコロナ小田


Knowing the characteristics of each fabric will help you choose the right fabric for your collection.Of course this list will continue, so stay tuned for part II!

 Check out ApparelX Textile Products page for more information about popular fabrics.

Hi guys, this is Jane, the editor of ApparelX News. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, I hope my posts will help international readers get an overview about Japanese fashion industry as well as Japanese culture!

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