Honeycomb is a fancy weave. We know that the bees store their honey in the hexagonal honeycomb cells of wax therefore, the name honeycomb weaves are derived from that. However, it has a cell-like appearance and both warp and weft threads float in their structure. Furthermore, various types of decorative fabrics are formed by honeycomb. However, honeycomb weaves have more thread floats on both sides and have a rough structure therefore this renders more absorption of moisture.
Characteristics of Honeycomb:
The following are the characteristics of honeycomb weaves. They are-
- The surface of the honeycomb fabric is very rough.
- In the repeat size, the number of ends and picks may be equal or unequal.
- Ordinary honeycomb is produced by pointed draft and Brighton honeycomb is produced by straight draft.
- Weaves form hollows that give a cell-like appearance to the texture.
- If the repeat size is square then ultimately raised and sunk diamond-shaped areas are seen.
- Large honeycomb weaves are liable to be loose in structure when constructed in an ordinary manner. To secure the firmness of texture a double row of binding is used.
- This structure has high water absorbency properties.
- For Brighton honeycomb, the number of threads in repeat should be multiple of 4.
- The smallest repeat size for an ordinary honeycomb is 6 x 4.
- The smallest repeat for Brighton honeycomb is 8 x 8.
Types Of Honeycomb:
Honeycomb is classified in the following two ways. They are-
- Ordinary Honeycomb
- Brighton Honeycomb
Difference Between Ordinary Honeycomb and Brighton Honeycomb
Features of Ordinary Honeycomb Weave:
The following are the features of ordinary Honeycomb:
- Firstly, ridges and hollows appear which is like a cell.
- Secondly, an ordinary honeycomb forms only one cell per repeat.
- Secondly, it creates more warp and weft floats in its structure.
- Therefore, a single line crosses a single line or a double line crossing a double diagonal line in the structure.
- After that, pointed drafts use to construct the weave.
- Due to floats, it has more moisture absorbency properties.
- Lastly, it has a similar effect on both sides.
Features of Brighton Honeycomb:
- Firstly, this weave Construct on straight drafts only.
- Secondly, the face appears different from the backside of the non-reversible clothes.
- Thirdly, the repeat size is a multiple of 4.
- After that, a single diagonal line crosses a double diagonal line in the weave structure.
- Basically, it is produced by the formation of 4 cells per repeat when two are large and two are small cells.
- Lastly, the number of threads in a repeat must be a multiple of 4.
Uses of Honeycomb Weave
The following are the most common uses of honeycomb weave. They are-
- Towels and also in various forms for bed covers and quilts.
So, that’s all the features of honeycomb weave.