Raincoat Fabric Guide

Raincoat fabrics ensure protection against rain, wind, cold, dust, dirt and atmosphere with high humidity. Waterproof outerwear is made from a variety of materials — wool, cotton, silk, premium fibers and fabrics with rubber. Water-repellent treatment makes natural fabrics durable, flexible and easy to clean without affecting their properties. Soft and smooth, they allow the skin to breathe, while keeping you safe from rough weather.

These fabrics are used for raincoats and other rainproof apparel. Some are appropriate for sportswear, pants, windbreakers and jackets.

Raincoat fabrics

Stunning Properties

High quality raincoat fabrics have the following advantages:

  • Wear resistance;
  • Weather resistance;
  • Lightness and dimensional stability;
  • Moisture and dirt resistance;
  • Good aeration;
  • No shrinkage;
  • Easy care;
  • Stylish look.

6 Main Types

The 6 main types of raincoat fabrics are:

  1. Silk,
  2. Wool and wool blend,
  3. Linen,
  4. Blended,
  5. Quilted,
  6. High-tech.

Take a quick look at this comparative table or read on to study full characteristics of each type.

Table 1. Raincoat fabric types, weight and composition

Type of Rainwear Fabrics




105-130 g/m²

100% Silk

Wool & Wool Blend

215 g/m²

54% Worsted Wool, 46% Polyamide – 100% Wool


265 - 480 g/m²

100% Linen


210-230 g/m²

40% Linen, 40% Cotton, 20% Polyurethane –

74% Linen, 26% Polyurethane

Coated Quilted Wool

123 g/m²

54% Wool, 46% Nylon


54-60 g/m²

100% Polyamide

1. Silk Raincoat Fabrics

What makes silk rainwear so special? It’s the light weight and the elegant glossy finish, the soft hand and the gorgeous drape. Silk lovers know the benefits very well. Once you wrap yourself in this lustrous fabric, you feel and look feminine and luxurious. Solid or patterned, muted or bright – choose from hundreds of color and prints. If you want your raincoat to look as glamorous as your evening gown, make use of water-repellent silk.

2. Wool & Wool Blend Raincoat Fabrics

Wool is made waterproof and wind resistant without compensating on its distinctive softness and breathability.

A British factory Holland & Sherry combines traditional textile skills with the latest water defense finish Aquarret®. It makes costume wool waterproof and gives stain fabric protection, repels dust and dirt and resists static. Aquarret® is a Nano layer that makes liquids roll off the fabric but keeps it pliable and chic.

Italian fabric masters Loro Piana invented revolutionary Storm System® and Rain System®. It means their wool fabric consists of two layers with an extremely light membrane applied to the back of the fabric — Storm System®. Water-repellent Rain System® treatment forms an invisible barrier around each fiber and makes the fabric impermeable to water.

These systems are also applied to quilted wool fabrics.

3. Quilted Rainwear Fabrics

Quilting is a special processing technology. Fabric is stitched many times so that the threads form patterns — geometric, abstract, etc. The stitch helps to keep the filler stationary, fixes the lining fabric. Quilted fabrics look understated and elegant. They keep you warm and comfortable due to the dense layer of padding.

4. Linen Raincoat Fabrics

Linen is an eco-friendly fabric with a smooth surface and a matte sheen. Treated with water-repellent, it doesn’t lose its unique look but gains flexibility and elasticity, doesn’t crease and retains shape well. Opt for wearable rainproof linen to create trendy and edgy power-pieces for rainy days.

5. High-Tech Raincoat Fabrics

These fabrics are 100% impervious to water. Made from premium artificial fibers, they are high-tech and wearable. World-famous manufacturers like Binda (Italy) and Liberty (Great Britain) use breakthrough developments to produce silky smooth fabrics with Technicolor prints designed especially for rainwear.

These strong and wearable fabrics have no significant drawbacks. They cope with their protective duties and don’t require delicate care. Synthetic rainwear needs hand wash or machine wash with liquid detergent, no bleaching and no dry cleaning. It dries very quickly. Ironing is not necessary. If needed, iron at a temperature of 150 degrees maximum.

6. Blended Raincoat Fabrics

Raincoats are often sewn from blended fabrics. The characteristic property of these materials is a combination of natural and synthetic threads forming a canvas.

Mixed fabrics are versatile, practical, reliable and durable. One of the components is often cotton – a cross functional natural fiber. It is hygroscopic, lightweight and warm. Cotton wrinkles easily and wears quickly, but added fibers eliminate these drawbacks.

Here is the complete guide to raincoat fabrics. Choose one depending on the garments that you are planning to sew. As the old saying goes, “There's no bad weather, there are bad clothes”.

Tissura Raincoat Fabrics

Tissura is here to help you look your best all year round. When the bad weather hits, you can find shelter at our website.

We have coated and quilted fabrics from the impressive Rain System® collection by our Italian supplier Loro Piano.

More wool by the British factory Holland & Sherry. Choose a classy worsted wool fabric with Aquarret® finish from their Xtreme Golf collection.

Waterproof silk is the specialty of Belinac — a French fabric manufacturer with more than a century-old history of silk production.

Liberty and Belinac rainwear is strong and inexpensive. Liberty, the famous British producer, takes a great fancy to creating inimitable patterns. You will love their abstract Moon Dust pattern. Binda offers lush floral prints for rainwear with a feminine touch.

Below, you can see some of the most impressive raincoat fabrics from our collection. Choose one depending on the garments that you are planning to sew. As the old saying goes, “There's no bad weather, there are bad clothes”.

Double faced coated wool

Double faced coated wool fabric, 99 € (119 US$) per one running metre;

Double coated wool

Double coated wool fabric, 86 € (103 US$) per one running metre;

Rainwear fabric

Linen rainwear fabric, 44 € (53 US$) per one running metre;

Silk rainwear fabric

Silk rainwear fabric, 169 € (202 US$) per one running metre.

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