SHEER FABRICS and CURTAINS
A sheer fabric is very thin material which make it very translucent. Sheer curtains are also known as privacy curtains. Sheer curtains have ‘good fall’ or very soft bearing.
Some of the best sheer fabrics are of pure silk, but most of the commercial materials are made of synthetic filament yarn (long length fibres). Some of the lattices like airy or nett woven fabrics are so pliable, flimsy and semi-transparent that they behave like a sheer fabric curtain.
A sheer fabric has a natural graceful fall and allows light to filter through. Sheer fabric curtains nominally form the first layer in multiple curtains system. Such curtains allow a fuzzy view during day time, but at night may require an opaque topping of a curtain. Sheer fabric must not be used with a lining fabric to maintain its translucency.
Sheer fabric comes in a wide variety of colours, but white and natural shades of whites, such as off-whites, cream, and ivory are popular. Sheer fabrics are also embellished and embroidered for patterns. However, such extra work increases the weight of the fabric at the cost of graceful fall. Sheer fabrics are commonly heavily pleated and so the total quantity of cloth required for a sheer curtain is little more then a curtain of regular fabric. Sheer fabrics, due to their thin body and the lattice like weaves, offer very little insulation.