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What is Peached Fabric?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 21, 2024
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As a technique that creates a feel that is soft to the touch, peaching is a relatively easy way to create material that can be used in a number of different ways. Here is some information on how to create peached fabric, and how the material can be used.

Peaching is simply a process that involves sanding the fabric. The technique can be applied to just about any type of fiber, although it does seem to work more effectively with natural materials. After the fabric is woven, sections of the material are dipped in chemical compounds that permeate the fabric. The sections are then stretched taut and left to dry.

Once the sections have dried, the material is brushed either by hand or with the use of automated machinery. In either case, rollers with abrasive bristles, similar in appearance to a toothbrush, are brushed across the fabric. This helps to break some of the small fibers on the exterior of the material and teases them out. Teasing the broken fiber ends is what created the peached appearance and feel for the sanded fabric.

Along with the use of abrasive rollers, peached fabric can also be created by the use of chemical abrasion. With this method, the fibers are gently broken down with the use of chemical compounds, rather than being sanded by bristles. Laundry abrasion is also a means of producing this fabric. Essentially, it is the motion within the laundering process that creates the break in the outside fibers and helps to produce the soft feel that is associated with this textile.

Because peached fabric holds its shape very well and is soft to the touch, the material is often used in household textiles such as casual tablecloths and napkins. Kitchen curtains can also be made from this fabric. When it comes to clothing, peached fabric is an ideal choice for casual shirts, golfing shirts, and undergarments. The sanding techniques do not take away from the ability of the material to absorb and maintain color, which means that peached fabric is available in any color or pattern that one can imagine.

Both the finished product and the fabric treatment derive the name from a few observations about the look and feel of the material that results from the process. Looking at the material through the lens of a microscope, the material will appear to have a small layer of fuzz on the top, much like the fuzz that is found on the outside of the peach peel. Because the end result is both the look of peach fuzz and a feel that is not unlike rubbing a hand across the fuzz on a peach, the popular name came into common use in no time.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including BeautyAnswered, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon998352 — On May 20, 2017

Is there any difference between peach finishing and sanding?

By anon347895 — On Sep 11, 2013

Does peached fabric need to be bit washed before actual production to remove any shrinkage or color bleed?

By anon316181 — On Jan 27, 2013

What are the physical changes to a fabric after peach finishing?

By anon171817 — On May 02, 2011

when the cotton is peached, is its water/sweat absorbing capacity unchanged or changed? if it changes, then how much?

By murat — On Sep 15, 2010

is carbon peaching one of these processes? for woven polyester/cotton fabrics, should this process should be done on grey fabrics or finished fabrics?

If anyone could answer i'll be happy!

By anon105523 — On Aug 21, 2010

How do I peach cotton knitted fabric chemically. Is there anything called carbonium peaching.

By anon93469 — On Jul 04, 2010

I am confused with sueding, carbon sueding and brushing, they all look same to me. So my question is which method will give me the peach effect and which one will give me the fleece fabric effect? Will be happy if any one can clear my doubts.

By anon70733 — On Mar 16, 2010

what is carbon peaching?

By anon26452 — On Feb 13, 2009

how does peached 1oo% cotton come out in the laundry? Does it shrink, fade, come out very wrinkled? Or possible iron free?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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