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Marcella, Pique and Mesh fabrics

Marcella, Pique & Mesh

Heavy dress shirt Marcella, lightweight Pique and breathable mesh fabrics. Our Cotton Marcella or “waffle pique” is ideal for bib fronts of dress shirts and can be used in conjunction with our lighter pique (Malham 250). While our Leno quality has a very open weave making it suitable for warmer climates and has a knit like appearance similar to Aertex.

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Cambridge plain iris Fabric Types
3/70’s x 3/70’s 100% Cotton 36”/90cm wide 3ply open weave ..

From £12.45

Cambridge plain riviera Fabric Types
3/70’s x 3/70’s 100% Cotton 36”/90cm wide 3ply open weave ..

From £12.45

Cambridge plain white Fabric Types
3/70’s x 3/70’s 100% Cotton 36”/90cm wide 3ply open weave ..

From £12.45

Leno plain white Fabric Types
2/80's + 2/40's x 2/60's 100% Cotton 60”/150cm wide ..

From £20.52

Leno YD Sky mesh fabric Fabrics
2/80's + 2/40's x 2/60's 100% Cotton 60”/150cm wide ..

From £20.52

Malham 250 black Fabric Types
2/100’s x 50’s 100% Cotton 36”/90cm wide Fine pique ..

From £9.55

Malham 250 royal Fabric Types
2/100’s x 50’s 100% Cotton 36”/90cm wide Fine pique ..

From £5.73

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Marcella plain black Fabric Types
2/100’s x 2/100’s 100% Cotton 60”/150cm wide ..

From £19.32

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Marcella plain white Fabric Types
2/100’s x 2/100’s 100% Cotton 60”/150cm wide ..

From £19.32

 

Quality woven pique fabrics made from 100% cotton

Woven pique fabrics work well for constructing men's ties and dress shirt fronts. The dobby pattern adds subtle interest to formal wear and holds up well after frequent washing. Woven piques sometimes have parallel cording running the length of the fabric while our Marcella quality is another form of pique fabric which is characterised by a waffle effect. As our Marcella fabric has added weight and stiffness while retaining a soft feel it also lends its self to equestrian stocks and ties. The fact that it is 100% cotton is also an advantage as it will breather better than synthetic materials during competition.

Unlike the Marcella our Leno quality has a very open weave making it suitable for warmer climates and has a knit like appearance similar to Aertex. The Leno fabric drapes well and is very breathable but is quite sheer. While the Cambridge range is still characterised by an open weave and is still breathable it is less sheer and has less texture. This makes the Cambridge more suitable for traditional shirts rather than the Leno which lends itself to more casual garments.

Heavy dress shirt Marcella, lightweight Pique and breathable mesh fabrics. Our Cotton Marcella or “waffle pique” is ideal for bib fronts of dress shirts and can be used in conjunction with our lighter pique (Malham 250). While our Leno quality has a very open weave making it suitable for warmer climates and has a knit like appearance similar to Aertex

Pique, otherwise known as Marcella, has its origins in the 18th century. Developed up north, by the Lancashire cotton industry, the fabric was developed using a mechanised technique or weaving double cloth with an enclosed cording weft. While originally used for imitation pieces of the corded Provençal quilts, made in Marseille, by the mid 20th century pique became a key material in men’s fashion.

Pique’s weave features cotton yarn characterised by raised parallel cords or fine ribbing. This gives the material a subtle pattern and texture – which can only be seen up close. Textures and patterns vary across pique shirting too. You’ll find some with a cord structure, others with waffle or honeymoon structures, and even birds eye piques. These textures are created using a slightly different manufacturing process to add depth to the original pique design.

There are two pique fabrics to choose from at Acorn Fabrics. We’ve got the material available in black pique fabric and in plain white piquet fabric, both materials featuring the heavy waffle weave. The fancy structure makes it perfect for dress shirts but can be used to make casual summer jackets, dresses and waistcoats too. How you decide to use our pique fabric is totally up to you! If you’re keen to give our pique fabric a try, why not request a fabric sample? Fill in the form on our contact page and we’ll send you your required samples right away