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Most Viewed Sustainable Dobby Fabrics

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Dobby fabrics are a piece of art. It can be distinguished easily from other fabrics for its unique textures and designs.

In this article, we will quickly go through the history of Dobby Fabrics and learn them in detail. Read till the end, as we are showcasing some of the latest designs we developed on a Dobby loom at Dinesh Exports.


What kind of fabric is Dobby Fabric?

Dobby or Dobbie fabric is a type of woven fabric that is produced on a specialized Dobby loom. It is characterized by the unique texture of the fabric. The textures can range from small geometric patterns to distinct stripe designs.

This uniqueness is achieved by interlacing warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads in a slightly different position. In the 1840s, when the dobby loom was invented, it allowed the weaver to raise and lower the two yarns to create distinctive, geometric patterns in the fabric.

“It is important to note that Dobby fabrics were used initially in India during 1859 when British Polo players wore POLO shirts in their tournaments and games.”



  • Dobby fabrics may incorporate a variety of different fibers such as cotton, nylon, etc.
  • They are inexpensive to produce
  • It can be produced in a variety of weights, patterns, and colors.
  • They are less complex than Jacquard fabrics
  • Pique fabrics are a type of dobby construction.
  • Flexible with colors
  • Hundreds of patterns can be made.


What is a Dobby Loom?

Dobby looms first appeared around 1843, roughly 40 years after the invention of the Jacquard looms by Joseph Marie Jacquard.

The name Dobby is derived from “draw boy”, which refers to the weaver’s helper who used to control the warp thread by pulling on draw threads.

In a Dobby loom, every warp thread is attached to a single shaft using a device called a heddle. Each shaft controls a set of threads.

By raising or lowering these shafts at the same time gives a huge variety of possible gaps through which the weft thread can be thrown. This is the unique property of the Dobby loom that gives the fabrics distinct textures and patterns.

In the early days, these shafts were controlled using legs or other manual power. But today, these are controlled by either computer programs or similar mechanized technologies.


What is the difference between Jacquard and Dobby?

Now we know that the position of warp and weft threads are the reason for complex designs. And for this to happen, we also saw how shafts are used to control its position.

Both Jacquard and Dobby looms produce patterns and designs on fabric. The main difference between the two is in how the warp yarns are moved up and down.

dobby loom shaft

(Shaft used on a Dobby loom)

On a Dobby loom, only the warp yarns are controlled and moved using the shafts. Whereas in a jacquards loom, both weft and warp yarns can be controlled to create more complex designs and patterns. This can be considered a limitation to Dobby looms and also what distinguishes it from each other.


Top 10 Sustainable fabrics developed on a Dobby loom

At Dinesh Exports, we specialise in Dobby Fabrics manufacturing using sustainable fibers. Listed below are out most viewed sustainable dobby fabrics. Please note that we are capable of producing much more designs and patterns upon requirements. For custom enquiries, contact us.

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  1. Blue YarnDyed Dobby

Blue YarnDyed Dobby

  1. Butta Dobby Cotton RFD

Blue YarnDyed Dobby

  1. Cotton Blends Grey Dyed Fabric

Cotton Blends Grey Dyed Fabric

  1. Cotton Blue Double Cloth Fabric

Cotton Blue Double Cloth Fabric 


  1. Cotton Maroon Yarn Dyed Dobby Fabric

Cotton Maroon Yarn Dyed Dobby Fabric 


  1. Cotton Double Cloth Dobby Yarn Dyed Fabric

Cotton Double Cloth Dobby Yarn Dyed Fabric 


  1. Organic Cotton RFD Dobby Fabric

Organic Cotton RFD Dobby Fabric

  1. Organic Cotton Dobby RFD Fabric

Organic Cotton Dobby RFD Fabric

  1. Orange Yarn Dyed Stripe Dobby Fabric

Orange Yarn Dyed Stripe Dobby Fabric 


10.Weft Stripe Print Cotton Dobby Fabric

Weft Stripe Print Cotton Dobby Fabric

You are now wiser than you came here. I hope this article made you learn something new today!

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