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sateen n : a cotton fabric with a satiny finish

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  1. A type of cotton cloth with a shiny surface and dull back, woven using the technique that, when applied to silk or nylon, results in cloth called satin.




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Sateen is a cotton fabric with a satin-like finish, often found in bed sheets.
Sateen is usually made of cotton, or sometimes rayon. Better qualities are mercerized to give a higher sheen. Some are only calendered to produce the sheen but this disappears with washing and is not considered genuine sateen. Sateen may be bleached, dyed, or printed. It is difficult to make good bound buttonholes on it as it has a tendency to slip at the seams.
Sateen produces the sheen and softer feel through the use of a different structure in the weaving process. The sateen structure is four over, one under, placing the most threads on the surface, making it extremely soft, though slightly less durable than other weaves. Standard, non-sateen, weaves use a one over, one under structure. Satin also uses this structure, however, instead of using cotton, different materials are used (e.g., silk, polyester, etc).
sateen in Bulgarian: Сатен
sateen in Czech: Satén
sateen in Danish: Satin
sateen in German: Satin
sateen in Esperanto: Sateno
sateen in French: Satin
sateen in Dutch: Satijn
sateen in Japanese: 本しゅす
sateen in Norwegian: Sateng
sateen in Portuguese: Cetim
sateen in Russian: Сатин
sateen in Finnish: Satiini
sateen in Swedish: Satin
sateen in Turkish: Saten
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