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What is Pique' fabric? (And How do you Pronounce It?)

Whether you realize it or not, you are most likely familiar with pique' fabric.  Put simply, pique' is a knit-construction fabric characterized by a geometric pattern texture which is created by raised cords.  If that's too technical for you, take a look at the pictures showing the variety of pique' patterns.  It's a favorite fabric of polos seen everywhere.  (Special note: Pique' is pronounced (pee-kay) when in reference to fabric. Although spelled the same, the pronunciation is different from "pique" as in the sentence "he made remarks to pique their curiosity.")    
Why is this weave so widespread?  Pique' fabrics add subtle interest and texture to a garment and are typically easy to care for.  The waffle-like construction also breathes well.  Since it is simply a form of fabric construction, pique' garments are found in a variety of fiber contents, including polyester, cotton, and blended fabrics.  
Are all piques' created equal?  Although pique' knits in general are considered durable, the fibers used and tightness of the construction contribute to the extent of durability.   Tighter knit construction causes fabric holes to be smaller than traditional pique', and may be called baby pique' or micropique'.  This construction can add features such as snag resistance to a garment.  Polyester fibers, being highly resistant to fading and shrinking, are being seen more in pique' polos.
If this article has piqued your interest in pique' polos, please swing by our shop and see the variety of samples we have on display.  (sorry, I couldn't resist)  We'd be happy to direct you to the fabric best fitting your garment needs whether you pronounce it correctly or not.
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