What is Challis?

Challis, also known as challie or chally, is a fabric known for its fluid drape and a slightly brushed surface. It is a lightweight and soft fabric that is commonly used in making dresses, skirts, blouses, and scarves.

The fabric is woven using a finer yarn for the warp yarns and a coarser yarn for the weft yarns, which gives it a texture that appears soft and subtle.

Although challis was originally made from silk, it is now commonly made using wool, cotton, or a blend of these fibers, and even with synthetic fibers like rayon, which has made it more affordable and easier to maintain. The texture and hand feel of the fabric can also be changed depending on the type of fiber used.

Challis is typically printed with floral or paisley patterns, but it can also be found in solid colors or more abstract designs. It is a versatile fabric that can be used for both casual and formal wear.

Its comfort and ease of handling have made it a popular choice for many designers who appreciate its flowy nature and subtle appearance.