Unlike most of the fabrics on this list, satin is not made from fiber; it is actually one of the three major textile weaves and is made when every strand is well-knitted. Satin was originally made from silk and is now made from polyester, wool, and cotton. This luxurious fabric is glossy, elegant, and slippery on one side and matte on the other.

Noted for its sleek, smooth surface and lightweight, satin is often used in evening and wedding gowns, lingerie, corsets, blouses, skirts, coats, outerwear, and shoes. It can also be used as a backing to other fabrics.

The next fabric is linen, which is one of the oldest materials known to humankind. Made from natural fibers, this strong, lightweight fabric comes from the flax plant, which is stronger than cotton. The flax strands are spun into yarn, which is then blended with other fibers.

Linen is absorbent, cool, smooth, and durable. It is machine-washable, but it needs regular ironing, as it creases easily. Though it can be used in clothing, including suits, jackets, dresses, blouses, and trousers, linen is mostly used in drapes, tablecloths, bedsheets, napkins, and towels

Leather is a unique type of fabric in that it is made from animal hides or skins, including cows, crocodiles, pigs, and lambs. Depending on the animal used, leather will require different treatment techniques. Leather is known for being durable, wrinkle-resistant, and stylish.

Suede is a type of leather (usually made from lamb) that has the “flesh side” turned outward and brushed to create a soft, velvety surface. Leather and suede are often found in jackets, shoes, and belts since the material keeps the body warm in cold weather.

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