Characteristics of Metallic Fabric

Lurex has been making metallic fabrics across Europe since the middle of the 60s which are used in a variety of products for fabric, embroidery, braids, knitting, military regalia, trimmings, ropes, cords and lace surface decoration. Lurex® fibres are coated with a polyamide film and treated with a lubricant mineral based oil, for ease of use.

Lamé fabric is reflective and glossy and is available in many different colours, including gold, silver, pink and red. Use this fabric for evening wear, costumes or as an accent.

Metallic Knitted fabrics create a slightly less dramatic look that can easily be used for jumpers and tops, or skirts. The metallic sweater knit fabrics usually have stretch and are very compatible for using in scarves, loose jackets and dresses.

What you can make with Metallic Fabric

The most popular use for metallic fabric is for theatrical stage wear and exclusive upholstery projects using metallic fabrics such as Lamé and brocade. But the common use for them in garments is for party and evening wear, dancing and stage costumes and nightclub clothing.

Metallic fabrics can be used to great effect in a variety of ways: from eveningwear to unusual daywear clothes. They are popular with fashion designers for futuristic clothing and to add sparkle without using delicate and garish sequins

Glittering fabrics are perfect for the festive season and will also make unusual table cloths and interior designs. It is also perfect for backdrops and curtains for exhibitions and trade shows. Metallic Lycra fabric has either a one way or two-way stretch and will make perfect dancewear and exotic costumes. Evening jackets are a perfect use for this type of fabric, as they will be easy to make and look better as unstructured garments.

Caring for Metallic Garments

The best way to care for all metallic fabrics is to gently hand wash in a cool temperature, or to have the item dry-cleaned if at all possible. Take care when ironing ant fabric with metallic threads, as a hot iron can melt the fibres.

Garments are better to hang dry in the air, or to be laid flat if they are particularly heavy, so as not to pull out of shape. We don’t recommend drying these fabrics in a tumble dryer, as the metal threads can heat up and may deform in the fabric.

History of Metallic fabric

Gold and Silver threads have been used for hundreds of years to decorate clothing and fabrics for Royalty, Nobility and wealthy landowners, but this has always been an expensive and impractical process. It is still carried out for Royalty, Popes and Bishops, but remains out of reach for ordinary people, but there is a more modern and less expensive substitute.

Fabric made from metallic fibres was first produced by the Dobeckmun Company in 1946 and nowadays manufactured in Europe. In the early days, aluminium was used as the central metallic fibre, but this has now been replaced with stainless steel, which is slightly more difficult to work with but allows it to be manufactures using todays advanced machinery.