It’s the reason you want to touch it. It’s called the drape of a piece of fabric, the natural fall, the graceful folds, and appearance that the fabric is flowing.
Fabrics are designed with specific end uses in mind. Carpeting, wall cloths, and canvas bags are examples of fabrics that do not have drape, they are meant to remain rigid when in use.
Fabrics that will be worn or slept under need to move with you. A fabric that will flow across your body has good drape.
Origin Of The Word Drape
The original drapers were tailors, and draping a cloth on a model is how clothing is fashioned. Fabric is manipulated and a design is developed that incorporates folds, features, and fit. The character of a design is brought alive by the drape of the fabric, the way it falls under its own weight.
We call fabric window covering “drapes”. This originates from the free hanging drape of the fabric.
What Affects Drape
Fabric construction and yarn characteristics determine the drape of a fabric. The more tightly constructed, the more rigid or crisp the fabric.
Graceful fabrics can be woven using many fiber types. A smooth feel lends itself to a more graceful cloth and natural fibers can really contribute to a fabric that moves fluidly.
Why Is Drape Important In Home Textiles
We spend a large portion of time in our homes and bedrooms and the fabrics we choose to live with can enhance the quality of rest. A Blanket or Throw, and especially a Baby Blanket, should have an inviting hand and drape in order to comfort.
Experience fabrics that speak for themselves. When you climb under a Brahms Mount, you will feel the way our constructions gently drape and caress. It makes all the difference.