Once you have identified weft piqué it will stick with you, it is so distinctive. It was one of my “mystery” fabrics when I started working with vintage clothing, and most often I have found summery cotton Hawaiian dresses made of this. Compare weft piqué to warp piqué
and I’m pretty sure you will not forget either one.
Weft piqué features a horizontally corded texture on its face, and a distinctly different reverse side. It is woven on a dobby loom and is made of cotton or cotton blends. Piqué is a French word meaning “quilted”; piqué fabrics have the appearance of being subtly padded.
Uses: Dresses, blouses, sportswear, children’s clothing
|Weft piqué face|
|Weft piqué reverse|
©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain, photos by Hoyt Carter