There are innumerable types of fabrics, thanks to the R&D of textile manufacturing companies. However, all the fabrics are not suitable for all types of applications. For example, apparel fabrics needed for making kids frocks
can not be used for home furnishings like chair cushions
. Different types of apparels and clothing too require fabrics with different qualities, such as, hosiery fabrics and lingerie fabrics should have good fit, moisture absorption and stretchability whereas suiting fabrics should provide enough warmth or coolness according to its targeted season.
There are certain areas where fabrics with particular finishes are required such as industrial fabrics that need to have properties like fire and abrasion resistance and medical fabrics that need to be stain resistant, antibacterial and anti fungal among other properties. Then there are other textile products such as bags that again need fabrics that have characteristics particularly suited for their production like water resistance and strength apart from good feel and appearance. Certain other activities like quilting needs fabrics that can take the pressures of sewing machine needles
. Taking all these factors in consideration, this section has been thoughtfully categorized for including fabrics by usage so that searching fabrics for particular applications can become easier and faster..