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Burnout


A process chemically treating fabric to create a distinctive pattern produces burnout fabrics.

The fabric used to create a burnout fabric pattern should consist of two cellulose fibers, such as cotton-polyester or silk-rayon. One of the fibers remains intact while the other is destroyed to create a raised, sheer pattern. Sodium Bisulfate, a mild sulfuric acid, is typically used to create the burnout pattern by destroying the fibers to leave the fabric. After the burnout pattern is created, the fabric is rinsed to remove any chemical remnants.

Burnout fabrics originated in France during the early 20th century. In addition, burnout fabrics were particularly popular during the 1920’s. Recently, this technique has been revived by English designer, Jasper Conran. Burnout fabrics can be used on any bridal party gowns or cocktail attire dresses. Several examples illustrating a burnout pattern are Watters bridal gown, Watters and Watters Mojave (7092B) and Mon Cheri mother of the bride dress, Mon Cheri 18924.
 
Watters and Watters bridal gown Mojave
Mon Cheri mother of the bride dress 18924

The process for creating burnout fabric is otherwise known as fabric etching or devoré (meaning to devour). Although it's a chemical process to create the burnout effect on fabric, it won't leave you feeling stiff, cheap, or informal. The burnout fabric technique leaves your future dress or gown feeling supple, smooth, multi-dimensional, and sassy. 

One big perk to burnout fabric? It often looks like a type of lace when completed. Each burnout fabric dress is a little different, therefore making your special dress almost one of a kind. 

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