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Cotton, rayon, or synthetic fabrics in a lengthwise rib, English crosswise rib or cord weave that creates a stiff, durable ribbed fabric with an embossed pattern produced by a double warp thread. Originally was a crosswise rib but now mostly a lengthwise rib and the same as bedford cord. Ribs are often filled to give a more pronounced wale (cord weave). Comes in medium to heavy weights and is generally made of combed face yarns and carded stuffer yarns. It is durable and launders well.

It also comes in different patterns besides wales. Some of the patterns are birdseye (small diamond), waffle (small squares), honeycomb (like the design on honeycomb honey). When the fabric begins to wear out it wears at the corded areas first.

What is cotton pique used for?

You will most often find pique made into polo shirts. The breathable texture of pique makes it a great material to make easy fitting, yet crisp looking garments out of. It was first introduced in polo shirts in 1929 by Lacoste. The new polo shirt made of pique was a huge improvement on what polo players were wearing before. Over time the cotton pique polo shirt was adopted by tennis players, golfers, and rugby players.

Using cotton pique in your wedding:

Although we’ve never seen a wedding gown made of pique, that doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist. If you’re having a casual wedding, consider dressing your groomsmen in crisp, clean polo shirts. They’ll be comfortable, clean looking, and thankful you aren’t making them wear a tie. 

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