Tulle | How it is Made

For those of you who do not know what this is, Tulle is a netting fabric. You have seen it before and probably many times. Tulle is what bridal veils are made from. Tutus for ballerinas are also made from tulle. Flower girl dresses can be made of tulle netting on top of the silk fabric with flower petals in between. Tulle can be and is used for many things.
What it really is
In actuality tulle is made from a couple of fibers combined in such a way as to form fine, delicate netting. These fibers include things like nylon, silk and rayon. It originated in France and actually bears the name of the city it was born in. Tulle has been a part of the world of fashion since the 1700s. It was first spotted in public worn by a French ballerina and quickly became a staple in not only ballet fashion, but throughout the world.

Tulle is easily dyed in any color and can be starched.

How it is made
The process of making tulle is actually quite complicated. It has to be made in such a fashion that it retains its light weight while being strong for the weight that it has. This is accomplished by way of a method known as bobbinet. This is a way to make tulle that consists of using a weft thread and a warp thread. They are wrapped in such a way as to create a shape that is hexagonal. This shape helps the thread to not lose its shape or twist. The way that it is wrapped also causes there to be constant tension on the thread making it stronger.
Other uses
You can use tulle for other things besides fashion. Gift packaging is the second most common use of tulle. If you have plants that are vulnerable to insects, just stretch a piece of tulle around them and voila! You achieve insect free plants. Also, tulle is used for mosquito netting in places where that kind of thing is needed. Starched tulle is especially good for this.

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