Plain weave can also be known as a “Classic Weave” - It is the simplest and most common of the three most basic fundamental weaves. A weave that dates to ancient times and refers to many different fabric types, all sharing the same weaving pattern. Interlaced weft (horizontal) and warp (vertical) yarns cross each other in a pattern of one over and one under. Because of the high number of (perpendicular) crossings, each intersecting thread gives maximum support to the adjacent threads. Plain weave is stronger and firmer than any other ordinary weave. Both sides are identical (reversible). Because of the even consistency of its surface texture, when threads of similar thickness are used, it is known as a “Balanced Weave” and can be identified by it's checkerboard like appearance. A balanced plain weave produces a textile that has a smooth, even surface with a minimum of texture and is a good base for printed patternsIn many mills, after weaving a flame is applied to the finished fabric to singe away any raised fibers to create a surface that is completely smooth. Wrinkles easily and has high absorption (dependant on the source material). In shirting, often woven with poplin. Dimensional stability and tear strength are similar to the other two weaves in its same family (twill, basket). The range of uses includes delicate and light, simple fabrics all the way up to heavy and course blanketing materials.