A to Z of Lingerie: J is for Jacquard

J was another hard letter to write about but I settled on J is for Jacquard.  The term Jacquard originates from a type of weaving, specifically to the inventor of a Jacquard loom named Joseph Jacquard.  In lingerie terms it's essentially an intricately woven pattern.  The pattern is incorporated into the woven fabric rather than being sewn on or dyed on to the material.

It's actually so common in lingerie that you barely notice it unless you're like me and spend a lot of time analysing what you're wearing.

If you're wondering why lingerie can be so expensive, it's a good idea to read up on how the products are manufactured.  For example, did you know that even though Jacquard looms are now controlled by computers and robots, they can still be so laborious to thread that they're threaded only once and when that yarn runs out they simply attach the thread on to the end of the previous one.  Each one is tied on individually and even the smallest loom can take days to re-thread.  When you take this into consideration, it's easier to understand why prices for good quality items are so high.

Now that's your textiles lesson over for today!  Do you own any Jacquard items?  Were they expensive?


  1. Wow, that's a lot of overhead for this type of weaving. It does explain the prices :)
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