Some of the most common fabrics that SHUKR uses are cottons, denim, linen, rayon, and lyocell. So, why does the Cowl Neck Abaya (made of rayon) look and behave so differently from the Gia Lai Dress (also made of rayon)?

Fabrics made from the same fiber (for example 100% rayon) can have different appearances, feels, and drapes because of their weave. A fabric weave is simply the pattern for manufacturing a fabric. Weaves can be simple, complicated, artistic, or even incorporate different kinds of materials in order to change their flexibility, strength, stability, durability, and texture, among other qualities. Oftentimes, weaves and fabrics are often mistaken for each other. One good example is Jacquard. This is actually a type of weave, not a fabric, and can be made from polyester, rayon, silk, etc.

In order to find out more about fabric in general, please visit our intensive explanation page about fabrics on our site called the “Fabric Guide.” In the meantime, I’ll provide a brief overview of the most common types of each fabric we stock, and then give examples of each one from our website. This will likely be most helpful to those already familiar with our garments; however, we hope it will be useful for new SHUKR customers as well.

On each item webpage on the US site, like for the Selina Dresstop with Pockets, you will see a 'More info' tab to the right of the main image. When you click on it, the first thing listed is “Fabric Type.”

So, what does that mean?

1. Code. SHUKR, like all companies, often uses the same fabrics for many designs. Repeat customers may like a fabric of a particular garment they purchased in the past and would like to know what other products are available in this same fabric. In order to help customers, we have now included a code for all fabrics that we use. In this example, the code is R16. Other garments made with this fabric are the Cowl Neck Trapeze Top and the Embroidered Short Moroccan Djelleba.

2. The weight and thickness are fairly self-explanatory. This particular garment is ‘light’ weight, and is “thin.’

3. The third category, “class” deserves a little more explanation. “Class” refers to the fabric construction, meaning either ‘woven’ or ‘knitted.’ A woven fabric is made nowadays by high-tech specialist weaving machines, which interlace 2 distinct set of straight threads, one running lengthwise (warp thread), the other crosswise (weft thread). There are 3 basic types of weave: plain, twill and satin (yes, satin is actually a type of weave and not a type of fabric). A knitted fabric, on the other hand, is made by a machine that directs the yarn on a meandering path, forming symmetric loops symmetrically above and below the mean path of the yarn. Knitted fabrics normally have a lot more elasticity than woven fabrics. Jersey is a popular type of knitted fabric which SHUKR often uses. Here is a list of the most common fabric codes that SHUKR uses, along with some examples of garments from each:

Cotton:

C1 The Inspiration Blouse, and the 100% Cotton Cocoon Tunic, C3The Guardamar Twill Cotton Jilbab, C12The Princess Dress, C18The Long Corduroy Shirt, C24The City Hoodie, The Racing Stripes Hoodie.

Denim:

D23 -- L.A Denim Jilbab, Najma Jeans, Leah Denim Shirtdress

Linen:

L11The Linen Shangri-La Dress

Rayon:

R16The Cowl Neck Trapeze Top, Embroidered Short Moroccan Djelleba, R3The Embroidered Sleeve Duster, The Cowl Neck Abaya, R8The Sporty Top, R22Gia Lai Dress, R19The Shawl Cardigan

Lyocell:

R21 The Lyocell Denim Duster.

I hope this was helpful. What are your favorite fabrics/weaves? What would you love to see from SHUKR?