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For millennia, there have been depictions of fabrics so sheer that you can see through them and to the skin beneath. Perhaps some of the more famous are the hieroglyphics found in Egyptian tombs where the clothing of royals was so fine, they accentuated the body and yet were carved from stone. Today, we are going to explore this type of fabric you can see through.
All sheer fabrics are transparent to some degree. In other words, one can see the skin, but this is more semi-transparent than any other type such as sheer or opaque. Clothes made from semi-transparent has been an off and on-trend since the Egyptian days but made a comeback in the mid-2010s.
Sheer fabric is made by using thin threads of silk or cotton or other material. Nude or ‘skin tone’ was, and still is, popular when making garments such as costumes, when the wearer appears naked but is actually wearing a skin tone sheer garment. Also known as an illusion, it gives the impression of exposed flesh while the wearer is completely covered.
Sheerness is measured in a unit known as a denier. A denier of 3 (which means very thin and barely visible) to a denier of 15 (for stockings) or 30 which is semi-opaque or 100 which is opaque. In other words, the higher the number, the denser the material.
The fabric you can see through, or transparent includes Gossamer, silk, rayon or nylon. Gossamer, also made from silk, rayon or nylon is a gauze type fabric with an extremely fine texture and a loose open weave. This includes netting which was once used for making petty coats. Today, it is used in wedding dresses, and for decorating purposes.
One use of sheer fabrics that most people overlook is the sheer fabric to make curtains. A sheer curtain is the type of fabric that allows the lightest through so it is a fabric you can see through. If you hold it up to the light, people can see both in and out of the room. Sheer curtains can be paired with heavier draperies, which will help with the privacy issue.
The fabric you can see through is a fashion statement that has come and gone over time. At one time, it was seen as fit for royalty. This is because of the skill of the craftsman who made it and the cost of the finished item. Today, it has far more general use. Today you can see craftsmen are using these fabrics in garments, as accents, party decorations or for many other uses.
Nylon stockings are considered sheer materials as well and were once prized. This is because they were so hard to find, particularly during WWII. That time these materials were used for military parachutes and other war and military effort necessities
These are widely used textiles. You can see through the fabric/Material from one side to another. Especially in curtains and dresses, girls like to wear or use. Have a look at the following images that you can see through fabric. It is a fashion now. It makes your clothes designer and attractive. Sometimes we can use them as a way of decoration.