Detail photo - Chamois Cloth cotton Fabric


Grayscale diagram illustrating yarn pattern in Chamois fabric
Detail photo - Chamois Cloth cotton Fabric

The specific origin of the word comes from a sub-alpine species of antelope native to European mountain ranges, the hide of which was originally used to produce a particular kind of supple leather known as Chamois. Today, what is often referred to as chamois leather is more typically produced from the hide of domestic goats or sheep. As a material, it has a range of uses, but because of its absorbent properties and being non-abrasive, it is commonly often used for cleaning and polishing. Chamois cloth is a cotton product and only related to the similarly named animal/leather product by common characteristics. (smooth suede finish and absorbance). Modern-day Chamois cloth is a Northeastern classic that started as outdoor wear. (most likely due to its original introduction as a shirt by the L.L. Bean company during the 1920s. A company that especially early on, sold straightforward high-quality products to the hunting and workwear markets). Chamois cloth is very similar to flannel, but softer, more substantial and more durable than flannel and the more expensive price reflects that difference. The difference usually being that chamois starts with a heavier and more tightly woven fabric before it is napped and brushed. Woven using either a plain or twill weave, but the weave is hidden by napping on both sides (slightly heavier on the face). Can be washed like normal fabrics, retains dye well (colorfast). Usually pronounced ‘shammy’ or ‘chammy’.
  • Weave - Plain / Twill
  • Composition - 100% Cotton
  • Origin (weave) - Portugal
  • Origin (print/dye) - United States
  • Pre-Shrunk - Yes
  • Additional Shrinkage - Very Low (1%)
  • Wrinkle Resistance - Low/Medium
  • Care - Standard Launder / See: Garment Care
  • Colorfast Level - Strong