Fabrics for the Kitchen

What makes a good fabric for the kitchen? Whether it's an apron or a tea towel/ dish towel, which fabric is better than another? Why do chefs and bakers prefer one over the other?  Here is a brief rundown of what's what and what you might like.

Linen: do you immediately think of summer dresses or pants?  Timeless and classic.  Linen fibers are from the flax plant and much stronger than cotton.  They yield cool yet absorbent fabrics.  However they do wrinkle easily.  This fabric makes a perfect kitchen apron, a place where it gets hot! 

cassandra ellis linen fabric

Chambray: a plain weave fabric made of a white weft and colored warp yarn creating a beautiful watercolor look.  It's cotton, it's sturdy.  Light to medium weight.  Great fabric for aprons or table cloth. 

above chambray fabric from fabric.com by Robert Kaufman

Denim:  Really? Denim?  Yes.  Many kitchens are now preferring or wearing denim.  Denim as you know comes in many weights and weaves.  From 3 oz to 16 oz, denim is made to take a beating.  It is woven in a twill weave, a zig zag or angled weave.  This makes it quite strong and hard to tear. Similar to chambray it is sometimes made with 2 different colored yarns.  Denim will make a great apron for kitchen wear, restaurant wear or studio wear.   Don't buy something too heavy because it may become cumbersome and hot in a kitchen.

Do you have a fabric you love to use in the kitchen? Or something you absolutely will not use! Please share!

Happy Friday!

Tracey Toole

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