What Material Is Chiffon?

Decorate your event space with elegance using chiffon fabric decor. This versatile material is a popular decorative fabric for event designers because of its delicate appearance and soft drape. This is a staple for decorators who often use it as drapes and table linens. But just what material is chiffon made out of exactly?

In this blog, we go through the basics of what material chiffon is made of to understand how to decorate your event space best. Learn what it's made of and what you can do to decorate your space with this delicately beautiful fabric.

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Composition of Chiffon Fabric

You may be wondering: What is chiffon material made of? Chiffon material is a sheer and lightweight fabric due to its composition made out of delicately woven natural and synthetic fibers. 

Originally, chiffon was made of silk, giving it a soft drape and a delicate appearance. With the advent of synthetic fabric, chiffon has become a blend of natural and synthetic fibers including silk, nylon, and polyester.

This unique blend of fibers gives you a soft and flowing material with a semi-transparent appearance and a lush drape. Using synthetic fabric blends has also made chiffon more affordable while maintaining its elegant appearance.

Different Types of Chiffon Fabric

Silk Chiffon Fabric

Silk chiffon material is the most luxurious among all the types of chiffon fabric. Because of this, it also comes at a higher price point versus other types.

What does chiffon material feel like? It has a rough mesh-like texture because of the it is put together. Originally made out of fine silk, it has a shinier appearance. It also has slightly more stretch compared to synthetic chiffon blends. Despite its delicate appearance, this is a strong and durable fabric you can use repeatedly, making it a popular choice for decorators.

Synthetic Chiffon Fabric

Synthetic chiffon fabric consists of two types: nylon and polyester chiffon.

Invented in the 1930s and 1950s, these synthetic materials made chiffon more accessible and affordable to people.

They have a less shiny appearance with nylon giving off a matte look. They are less stretchable than silk chiffon but still retain the soft drape. Both are as durable as silk. Because of their cheaper price, nylon chiffon, and polyester chiffon are popular among many design hobbyists and event decorators. 

Care and Maintenance of Chiffon Fabric

Different types of chiffon material require particular care and maintenance.

For instance, silk chiffon needs to be dry cleaned due to its delicate nature of silk compared to other materials. On the other hand, polyester chiffon and nylon chiffon can be hand-washed or machine-washed. Just use mild detergent and the lowest setting to keep your fabric intact.

After washing, avoid wringing your fabric to prevent wrinkles. Instead lay them on a flat surface or hang to air dry. Avoid direct sunlight on your fabric to prevent damage. 

Decorating with Chiffon Fabric

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Now that we’ve understood the material composition of this sheer fabric, use it to your advantage by maximizing it as event decor.

Chiffon fabric is best used for drapery because of its soft drape and lush flowing cloth. Buy your chiffon by the yard to get the most out of every dollar.

Choose from a wide variety of options. For formal events, you can choose neutral colors like white or champagne chiffon drapes. For casual parties, meanwhile, you can’t go wrong with pastels like mauve or dusty blue drapes.

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Remember to add a dash of color and elegance to your tablescape with chiffon. You can use it as tablecloths or as table runners that can serve as focal points.

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Lastly, decorate your plain party chairs by adding color and elegance with chiffon chair covers. Get creative with different color combinations. Use some ivory chiffon chair covers or champagne chair covers that you can use for your events. 

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Party in Style with Chiffon Event Linens

Chiffon is a great material to work with when decorating for parties. From formal events like wedding receptions to casual get-togethers like garden parties, elevate your space with this elegant fabric.

We’ve gone through the basics of what materials chiffon is made of. Choose from fabric blends to get the right type of chiffon for your party.

Drape your event with your only top-quality chiffon fabric. Buy your chiffon in bulk and create enchanting memories to last a lifetime.

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