Tulle is the name given to certain fine, gauzy mesh fabrics. Tulle material may be made from a variety of natural or artificial fibres. It may be woven from silk or cotton, or from man-made fibres in a hexagonal pattern.
Silk tulle is soft and often slightly lustrous. Cotton is also woven into tulle. Tulle material made from man-made fibres is less expensive than luxury fibres such as silk, but it may also be stiffer and scratchier to wear. You can often find tulle made from artificial fibres in bright neon colours, while silk and cotton tulle fabrics are often dyed in softer shades. Tulle may be stiffened by starching.
Tulle material is used extensively in bridal wear, as its light, filmy appearance can help create a romantic look. It is also used in many layers to make ballet tutus. You can use swags of tulle fabric for decorative purposes around the home. Tulle can also be used in your craft projects, such as applique.
The name tulle comes from the French town of Tulle, where the fabric was first manufactured.
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