Everything to know about Fabric and Textiles

Definition of Sheer


US English version

Fibre: Any fibre.

Weave: Mostly plain but could be various weaves.

Characteristics: Any very light-weight fabric (e.g. chiffon, georgette, Voilé, sheer Crêpe). Usually has an open weave, very thin; diaphanous. They mostly feel cool.



Derivation: Middle English schere, probably via dialect shire ‘pure, clear’ from Old English scºr, from Germanic

Definition of Sheer


UK English version

Fiber: Any fiber.

Weave: Mostly plain but could be various weaves.

Characteristics: Any very light-weight fabric (e.g. chiffon, georgette, Voilé, sheer Crêpe). Usually has an open weave, very thin; diaphanous. They mostly feel cool.



Derivation: Middle English schere, probably via dialect shire ‘pure, clear’ from Old English scºr, from Germanic



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