Vegan FabricsVegan and Non-Vegan Fabric

Want to know if what you are wearing or what you are going to buy is vegan or not?  Here’s a list of the most common fabrics out there today.

Material Name:

Made of:

No Aba A goat or camel hair woven fabric.
Yes Acrylic Synthetic fabric
Yes Aertex Trademark for a cotton fabric used to make shirts and underwear
No Alpaca Made from the wool of the alpaca (animal).
No Baize A course woolen cloth – commonly used on gaming tables
Yes(!) Batiste A fine cloth made from cotton. WATCH there have been wool versions.
No(!) Broadcloth A dense plain woven cloth made from wool. There are now cotton versions out.
No Brocade Very decorative shuttle-woven fabric, often made in colored silks often with gold and silver threads.
Yes Buckram Stiff cloth made of cotton.
Yes(!) Bunting Festive décor made of fabric plastic or paper. Historically had wool.
Yes Calico  Unbleached, and often not fully processed cotton.
Yes Cambric A very dense cloth made of linen and cotton.
No Camelhair Cloth made with the hair of a camel.
No Camlet Originally made of silk and camel’s hair.  Of Asian origin.
Yes Canvas Heavy duty plain-woven fabric of cotton or linen. Historically made of Hemp.
No Cashmere Soft fabric made from the wool of the Cashmere goat.
No Cerecloth (altar cloth) Ceylon Flannel Used to cover altars in churches. Fabrics range from cotton, linen to wool, silk.
Wool Cotton mixture
No challis Lightweight fabric often of a silk-wool blend.
Yes Cambric Dense cloth of linen or cotton. Also known as Batiste or Chambray.
Yes chenille A heavy fabric woven with the process of chenille cord; commonly manufactured from cotton, but can also be made using acrylic, rayon and olefin.
No(!) chiffon Sheer fabric made of silk.  Can also be made of Rayon
Yes Chino Coarse twilled cotton fabric.
Yes Chintz Printed, stained or glazed Calico (unprocessed cotton).
Yes Cord, Corduroy Vertically ribbed fabric usually made of cotton.
Yes Cotton Fabric woven from cotton fibers.
Yes Cotton flannel A cotton fabric with nap on only one side. Also known as Canton Flannel.
No(!) Crepe, crape, crepe de Chine Typically wool or silk fabric having a peculiar crisp or crimpy appearance. Sometimes made of Polyester.
Yes Cretonne A strong white fabric of hemp or linen.
No(!) Damask A reversible woven fabric of silk, wool, cotton or linen.
Yes Denim Coarse, twill-weave, durable cotton fabric. Also called Jean or Dungaree.
Yes Dimity A lightweight, sheer cotton.
No Doeskin A smooth, soft woolen fabric.
Yes Duck Plain woven cotton fabric. Also known as Duck Cloth or Canvas.
No Duffle Coarse heavy woolen fabric.
Yes Elastic A stretchy fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material.
Yes Etamin A twilled or worsted fabric with an open mesh.
No(!) Faille A ribbed woven fabric of silk or rayon, cotton or Tafeta.
No(!) Felt Fabric made from matting, pressing and condensing fibers together. Can be wool or synthetic materials.
Yes/No Flannel A soften woven fabric – can be wool, cotton or synthetics.
Yes Flannelette A lightweight cotton flannel.
Yes(!) Fleece A bulky yet soft fabric with deep pile – can be made from wool. Polar fleece is typically made of synthetic fibers.
No foulard Twill or plan-woven, lightweight fabric.  Usually a silk cotton mixture.
No Frieze Woolen, plain-weave cloth with a nap on one side.
Yes Fustian A very heavy cloth woven from cotton.
No(!) Gabardine A steep or regular twill cloth often made from wool.  Has been known to be made out of cotton or polyester.
No Georgette Dainty thin silk.
Yes Gingham Medium weight, fine woven fabric made of dyed cotton.
No Grogram Coarse fabric made of silk mixed with wool or mohair.
No(!) grosgrain A corded fabric typically of Silk or Nylon.
No Haircloth Cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair.
No horsehair Fabric made from horsehair fibers.
Yes/No Jersey An elastic machine-knit fabric, originally made of wool, but is now also made of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibers.
Yes Khaki a sturdy twilled cloth typicallyu of a light brown color and usually made from cotton and linen.
Yes Lame Typically metallic yarns – fabric interwoven with threads of metal
No leather Fabric made by tanning of animal rawhide and skin, primarily cattle hide.
Yes Leatherette Imitation fabric made to look like leather.  Imitation Leather.
Yes Linen An often light fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant.
No Linsey-woolsey Rough fabric of linen and wool or cotton wool.
Yes Lint cotton or linen fabric that is absorbent with the nap raised on one side.
Yes lisle Cotton fabric with a smooth finish.
No Mackinaw A heavy woolen cloth with a heavy nap.
Yes Mackintosh A waterproof rubberized fabric.
Yes Madras a light cotton fabric usually with a textured pattern and plaid.
Yes Marseille A durable cotton fabric with a raised pattern.
No Mohair A yarn fabric  made from the silky hair of the Angora goat.
No Moire A silk fabric with a wavy surface pattern. Also known as watered silk.
Yes Moleskin a durable cotton fabric with soft pile on one side.
Yes Monk’s cloth Cotton used for weaving.
No Moquette A velvety pile fabric made of wool.
No Moreen A sturdy, embossed, ribbed fabric of wool and cotton.
Yes/No Mousseline de Sole A gauze-like fabric of silk or rayon.
Yes Muslin A loosely woven cotton fabric.
Yes Nankeen Yellow cotton or cotton that is then made yellow.
Yes/No Ninon A sheer fabric of silk, nylon or rayon.
Yes Nylon A synthetic, thermoplastic fabric.
Yes Oilcloth Close-woven cotton or linen cloth.
Yes Organdy A very crisp and sheer cotton cloth.
No Organza Sheer fabric made from silk.
Yes Orlon An acrylic fiber.
No Paisley Soft wool fabric with swirl patterns.
No Pea Coat, Pilot Cloth Overcaot style – made of heavy wool. Also Pea Jacket, Pea Coat.
Yes Pique Weaving style, usually with cotton.
No Plush A cut or pile usually of wool or silk.




Natural or synthetic fibers.

Material made from plastic.

No Pongee A cloth made of silk.
No(!) Poplin A strong fabric weave typically made of silk. Sometimes other materials. Also called Tabinet.
Yes Rayon Made from purified cellulose, which is a wood pulp.
No Repp A fabric made of silk, wool or cotton.
No Russet A reddish brown, coars,e homespun fabric, made of wool.
No Sarcenet Silk fabric used for lining.
Yes Sailcloth Fabric from linen, hemp, cotton and synthetic fibers.
No samite Luxurious, heavy, silk fabric.
Yes Sateen A satin weave structure but made of cotton.
Yes/No Satin Silk, rayon or polyester soft flowy weave.
Yes Scrim Gauze like. A light textile made from cotton or flax.
Yes Seersucker A thin, puckered all cotton fabric.
No Serge A wool fabric that is twilled.
NoNo ShantungShagreen Silk fabric, typically found in wedding gowns.
Made of the skins of sharks and rays.
No Shark Skin Typically a fabric now made of rayon or acetate. A worsted fabric, with two-tone and soft appearance.
No Silk A A soft light fabric made from the fine threads produced by insect larvae
Yes Spandex An elastic synthetic fabric.
No Stammel A coarse woolen cloth.
No Suede A version of leather with a napped finish. Made from the underside of the skin, primarily lamb, but goat, calf, pig and deer are used as well/
No Swan’s Down A soft woolen fabric.
No Taffeta A plain woven fabric made from silks and/or rayon.
No Tammy A glazed, woolen fabric.
Yes Tapa cloth A bark cloth made from the bark of a tree.
Yes Toweling Cotton or linen used to make towels.
No Tweed A soft unfinished woolen fabric.
Yes Ultrasuede A synthetic version of suede.
Yes Velcro A nylon fabric used as a fastening.
Yes Velour A plush knitted fabric from cotton or polyester.
No(!) Velvet Woven on a special loom. Can be of silk, or cotton viscose. Can be woven in many styles. Typically extra soft.
Yes Velveteen A fabric imitating velvet, usually viscose cotton. 
No Vicuna A fabric made from the vicuna (similar to a llama). Very rare.
Yes Viscose, Viscone Rayon A rayon fabric made from viscose (cellulose xanthate) fibers.
No Viyella A wool cotton blend.
Yes Voile A soft, sheer fabric of 100% cotton.
Yes(!) Whipcord A strong, worsted fabric of cotton, usually of twisted yarns. (can sometimes be of other fabrics)
No Wincey A fabric with cotton or linen warp and a wool filling.
Yes Wire Cloth Fabric made of wire. Also called wire mesh.
No Wool, Woolen, Woollen A fabric made from sheep hair.
No Worsted Twilled fabric of wool, whipcord, gabardine, serge etc.