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Discount Ribbon Week!

All this week at APL Express we are offering 20% off our plain and printed ribbon orders! We have only been selling ribbon since the end of April but they’ve proved to be a big hit with our customers. It’s no surprise either, satin ribbon is great for gift wrapping and events making it an inexpensive way to really set off your products.

With the discount running until Friday there couldn’t be a better time to tell you a bit more about our range of ribbons, so today let’s look at what they’re made out of: satin.

What is Satin?
A common error people make when they talk about satin is that they confuse it for a material. In fact, satin is a type of weave usually made from filament fibres such as silk, nylon or polyester. Making a satin weave with these materials results in a fabric called a 'satin'. Although some definitions insist that a satin has to be made from silk, over the years it has become perfectly acceptable to include nylon and polyester.
Satin is a basic warp-dominated weave (warp being yarn that runs vertically from a loom) but it has a lot of room for variation. Typically a satin weave is glossy on one side and dull on the reverse, which makes it great for clothing and bedding. A satin fabric can be said to have a good luster, which means it has a shiny quality to it.
At APL Express our ribbons are made out of double faced satin. Double faced satin is one of the many variations of the satin weave and it results in a shiny surface on both sides or faces. This makes it great for decoration and wrapping as no dull areas are at risk of being exposed.

Satin Worshippers
Time for a little history lesson. Satin fabrics are popular and fairly common these days, you can buy satin sports jackets, underwear and bedding, but to begin with it was reserved for the highest members of society.

It’s no surprise really, satin weaves were traditionally made with silk which was a very expensive material. Satin really took off during the Middle Ages in Europe but its origins can be traced back to China, in fact its name comes from a Chinese port city. The name of this city? Quanzhou, or to give it its medieval Arabic name: Zayton. You can sort of see how over time it gradually changed into satin, it’s certainly a bit easier to say. In Japan kimonos were made out of satin fabrics. Interesting fact, kimono literally translates as ‘thing to wear‘!
Seeing as it was such an exotic item it makes sense that it was reserved for those at the top of society. Robes for royalty and high ranking members of the church were made out of satin fabrics while furniture in Versailles was also upholstered with the popular weave.

Thankfully satin fabrics became increasingly popular, resulting in a reduced price. Today satin fabrics are still associated with comfort and luxury but now everyone can enjoy them.

Satin Ribbon
Seeing as it’s attractive, smooth and affordable, satin fabrics are perfect for ribbons. Ribbons have got a sense of occasion about them, even today they’re still cut ceremonially to open buildings and launch ships. Our plain ribbon is smaller but if you need to tie up a present or put the finishing touches to a cake, APL Express satin ribbons are just what you need. We even provide customised printed ribbon to help you get your message across!
APL Express have got 36 different colours of satin ribbon on offer, so make the most of our discount and order from our online catalogue today!

See you next time,

Dominic
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