What is Tricot Fabric?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Often used as a lining material, tricot fabric is a material that can be made from natural or synthetic fibers and has a unique weave that allows it to be smooth on one side while sporting texture on the other. Here are some basic facts about tricot fabric and how to the material is used.

Suitcase lined with tricot.
Suitcase lined with tricot.

Basically a plain warp knit fabric, tricot fabric can be created with an array of fibers and fiber blends. It is not unusual for various types of tricot to be manufactured with the use of cotton, wool, silk, rayon, or nylon, or any combination of fibers. Because the pattern for tricot fabric is a close knit design with the fibers running lengthwise while employing an interlooped yarn pattern, the texture of tricot is a little different from some other types of material. One side will feature fine ribs running in a lengthwise pattern, while the other side will feature ribs that run in a crosswise direction. The finished look of tricot is that of a sturdy yet soft material that can be ideal for a number of applications.

Tricot undergarments in a variety of colors.
Tricot undergarments in a variety of colors.

One of the more common uses of tricot fabricis in the creation of liners for pieces of luggage, jewelry boxes and clothing storage containers. Tricot is a non-elastic fabric that will hold its shape for a number of years, so the linings do not begin to sag or billow as the container ages. Because tricot is fairly durable, the liner will also show very little in the way of wear or tear, even with frequent use.

Tricot fabric is commonly used in jewelry boxes.
Tricot fabric is commonly used in jewelry boxes.

Another popular use of tricot fabric is for women’s undergarments. Because the material can be made with fibers that allow for not only support but also comfort, tricot is often employed with the manufacture of panties in particular. Tricot can be created with a fabric pattern as well as dyed any number of colors, so the selection of tricot undergarments is not limited when it comes to the look. As a perfect choice in warm weather, tricot undergarments are especially helpful, since they do allow the body to breathe.

A growing use of tricot fabric is found in the home crafts market. Tricot is an easy material to work with, so many home crafters are beginning to use tricot as the medium for producing doll clothing and as the fabric of choice for cloth wreaths and similar projects. Crafters are finding that tricot fabric can be an inexpensive alternative to some other types of material, while still providing quality results.

Tricot fabric is commonly used for women's undergarments, especially panties.
Tricot fabric is commonly used for women's undergarments, especially panties.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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Can you write on tricot fabric?


Does a higher number of weight mean it is lighter or heavier fabric?


some countries make their military uniforms of tricot.


You can certainly screen print on tricot. The actual process, dye, etc. will depend on what yarn it was knitted from, of course.


that's my question too. can it be screen printed?


what are the uses of rachel and tricot fabric? what the differences?


can I screenprint on this fabric?

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