Updated on October 22, 2022 by Sarina Tariq
This post tries to identify the commonly seen stripes on fabrics.
What are stripes?
- What are stripes?
- Name the lines – Can you?
- 1. Hairline stripes
- 2. Dress stripes
- 3. Pinstripes
- 4. Candy stripes
- 5. Bengal stripes
- 6. Awning stripes
- 7. Multicolor stripes
- 8. Barcode stripes
- 9. Bayadere stripes
- 10. Chevron stripes
- 11. Regimental Stripes
- 12. Roman Stripes
- 13. Serpentine Stripes
- 14. Shadow stripes
- 15. Breton stripes
- 16. Chalk Stripes
- 17. Convict Stripes
- 18. Balanced stripes
- 19.Peking stripes
- What are striped fabrics called?
Stripes on fabrics are bands/lines seen along the length or breadth or diagonally, woven into it or as prints. These stripes stand out because of their contrast with the adjasent areas. The lines on fabrics bring a beautiful dimension to the design of a garment, especially by the way they are placed.
There are many types of stripes. It will be difficult to name all of these stripes because many combinations of balanced and unbalanced stripes can be seen on fabrics. Some stripes cannot even be named – they can be very subtle, and will be part of the weave and will be formed by a play of light on alternate shiny and matte finishes on the fabric.
But there are some common stripes which you must have seen repeatedly on your clothes. They are classified according to their size, as well as their design elements like color and space between them and their arrangement on the fabric.
Name the lines – Can you?
1. Hairline stripes
These are very very thin stripes, which are usually placed quite close to each other but could be arranged with more space between too; The name refers to the width of the hair, so you can imagine the width of the stripes.
2. Dress stripes
These are also thin stripes; They are also called Pencil Stripes because the stripes are as wide as drawn by a pencil.
These are thin stripes spaced wide apart; the space between stripes are always much wider than the stripes
4. Candy stripes
Stripes which are about 1/8 inches from each other
5. Bengal stripes
These stripes are arranged in alternating light and dark colors. The stripes are of the same width and they are 1/4 inches spaced. They are smaller than awning stripes but wider than candy stripes. (alternatively called by names Regency stripes ; tiger stripes)
6. Awning stripes
Very wide vertical stripes of solid color on a lighter background. It is called so because of its likeness to the fabric used for awnings. It is also called Cabana stripes
7. Multicolor stripes
As the name suggests these stripes have multicolor lines
8. Barcode stripes
This is a pattern which resembles the barcode.It could be of single colour or multicolour.
9. Bayadere stripes
This stripe pattern has very colorful horizontal stripes of varying width. This is a playful type of stripes with vivid and bold multicolors. The name is derived from the dancers of India
10. Chevron stripes
These are stripes laid out in a zigzag layout ( also called herringbone). These stripes can have either a broadening effect on the figure or a narrowing effect depending on the way it is positioned. If it is vertically placed these stripes can make you look taller. The v shape of these stripes can have the effect of narrowing
11. Regimental Stripes
These diagonally placed stripes that have colors associated with the regiment’s uniforms, flags and heraldry. It is mostly seen in neckwear.Classic red, blue, yellow are usually seen in these stripes.
12. Roman Stripes
These are bright, multicolored contrasting vertical stripes. These are playful stripes and has to be used with caution especially in a formal setting
13. Serpentine Stripes
These are stripes arranged in wavy lines resembling the serpent’s movements. These stripes bring a softness to the design because of its curvy nature. The figure can look wider because of these stripes
14. Shadow stripes
These stripes have lines adjacent to them looking almost like shadows
15. Breton stripes
These are horizontally placed Bengal stripes ie alternating light and dark colored stripes. These stripes can have a broadening effect on the body. Barre is another name for these stripes
You can read more about Breton stripes here
16. Chalk Stripes
This is very similar pin stripes, the difference being that it is a fainter line with some discontinuity at regular intervals, like it was made with a chalk. This is commonly found in suiting materials and can look like a very thin fuzzy rope in wool fabric.
17. Convict Stripes
Name given for black stripes on a white background – same as the uniform of convicts.
18. Balanced stripes
This is a general term for evenly wide stripes that are placed equidistant from each other.
Thinner balanced stripes on either side of wide stripes.
What are striped fabrics called?
Tartan is a fabric that is composed of stripes. Peking silk has self toned subtle stripes as part of its weave (warp stripes). Gingham fabric has wide alternately white and dark stripes.