The sheen and softer feel of sateen is produced through the satin weave structure. Warp yarns are floated over weft yarns, for example four over and one under. (In a weft-faced satin or sateen, the weft yarns are floated over the warp yarns). Standard plain weaves use a one-over, one-under structure. The long floats produce a smooth surface to the touch. Also, they don't scatter light which increases shine. This weave structure is more susceptible to wear than other weaves.
- Tortora, Phyllis G. (2005) Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles (7th Ed.) New York: Fairchild Publications, p. 490. ISBN.1-87005-707-3.
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