Sateen in a 6-harness satin weave, lyocell

Sateen is a fabric made using a satin weave structure but with spun yarn instead of filament yarn.[1] It is a cotton or other non-silk fabric that has the characteristics of silk satin but is less expensive.[2]

The dense weave, sheen, and softer feel of sateen are produced through the satin weave structure.[3] Standard plain weaves use a one-over, one-under structure. For a satin weave, warp yarns are floated over weft yarns, for example four over and one under (for a five-harness satin weave).[4] In a weft-faced satin or sateen, the weft yarns are floated over the warp yarns. This weave structure is prone to fraying and is less durable than plain weave fabrics.[2]

Some sateen is mercerized, a chemical process that makes fibers softer, smoother, and more resilient.[5]


Unlike its silk counterpart, cotton sateen is easy to maintain since it is machine washable. It can also be air dried or tumble dried with minimal to moderate shrinkage.[2] Sateen can wrinkle, but wrinkles can be ironed out easily using the cotton setting of an iron.[6] For garments made of sateen, follow the recommended laundering instructions.


Sateen comes in a variety of colors and weights. It has a variety of uses, from bedsheets[2] to drapery lining[3] and other home decor, to clothing such as dresses, skirts, jackets, and more.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Tortora, Phyllis G. (2005). "Sateen". In Merkel, Robert S. (ed.). Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles 7th Edition. Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles (7th ed.). New York: Fairchild Publications. p. 490. ISBN 9780870057076.
  2. ^ a b c d Willard, Dana (2011). Fabrics A to Z: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Fabric for Sewing. New York, New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang. p. 43. ISBN 9781584799566.
  3. ^ a b Langdon, Nancy (2018). Singer: The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing (3rd ed.). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Quarto Publishing Group USA. p. 220. ISBN 9781589238978.
  4. ^ "Satin Weaves". CottonWorks. Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  5. ^ Falick, Melanie (2015). Gunn, Tim; Miller, Johnny (eds.). The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion: The Essential Guide from the World's Most Famous Fabric Store. New York, New York: STC Craft. ISBN 978-1-61769-088-4.
  6. ^ a b "Sateen Fabric | Types of Cotton Fabric". Cotton. Retrieved July 5, 2023.