Fabric Information

Our fabrics are handpicked by our team of quality analysts and fashion expert and hence its selection is the initial and most integral link of our customization process chain. 


Single vs Double / Two Ply

Ply, the number of yarns twisted together to make a single thread defines the quality of the fabric in two dimensions – Single ply or double ply. Out of which double ply being smooth and of fine finish considered as of higher quality than single ply which doesn’t make the latter of compromising quality in anyway. 

The 2 in a 100/2's or the 1 in the 70/1 refer to the ply of the fabric.

Fabric Count

Fabric count denotes the size of yarn, and as a basic compliance in apparel quality thread count is directly proportionate to quality of the fabric.

Apart from thread count, the overall quality gets determines by the compactness and density of the woven fabric

However, being more fine there are chances of wrinkle in higher count fabrics, so weave plays an equally important role in determining the fabric quality.  

The 100 in a 100/2 or the 70 in the 70/1 refer to the count of the fabric.

Fabric Composition

Various materials can be used to weave a fabric. The most common are Cotton and Linen.

Out of the varied materials used in fabric weaving, Cotton and linen are standardized regulars. 

Specifically, 100%Egyptian cotton is the foremost choice for shirting fabric due to its excellence in terms of staples and quality. In order to have combined benefits, cotton fabric and Lycra blended together. Cotton Lycra blend primarily used for slim fit or body fit shirts

While for Warm weather clothes, 100% Linen outruns its counterparts due to its unmatched strength and durability.

Fabric Sourcing

HM originals has attained an iconic status in the apparel industry due to its compliance and commitment towards quality of Egyptian cotton and pure linens procured, under the supervision of its experts and from selective suppliers across the globe.

At HM originals, certain add-on processes like pre-wash, treating with enzymes or easy care washes are incorporated to enhance the smoothness and durability. 

In conclusion, Ply, count, composition and weave in predefined compositions determines the quality of the fabric and are vital ingredients to its selection.

Fabric Weaves


Oxford fabric is perfect for daily wear items of clothing. It has a heavy texture which makes it soft, durable and breathable. The two tone weave of the cloth creates texture which appears a little rough and its perfect to be worn on slightly unseasonal chilly days. Oxford fabric is usually reserved for casual shirts paired with a button-down collar. A tailored oxford shirt is a wardrobe essential for its durability and versatility. We suggest Oxford shirts for: family gatherings, casual days at the office.


As the name suggests, Royal Oxford looks and feels premium. It has a certain shine and texture perfect for special occasions. The weave used in manufacturing is called ‘Diamond Weave’ which makes the cloth a lot thinner than regular oxford. This fabric is soft, warm and easy to iron.  We suggest Royal Oxford shirts for: business casual and formal dress occasions.


Pinpoint oxford is similar to regular oxford, the only difference being the weave structure. This fabric is more formal than oxford cloth, but less formal than poplin or twill. Pinpoint fabrics are generally not transparent and are slightly heavier and thicker than poplin. Because of their heavier construction, pinpoint shirts are fairly durable fabrics. We suggest a pinpoint shirt for: everyday business looks, and a dinner date.  


Poplin is the most commonly used shirting fabric. It’s also called broadcloth. It tightly woven pattern which creates a thin, soft, smooth and lightweight fabric.This weave creates a substantial fabric that is soft, cool and breathable, making them the ideal choice to wear in summers or under jackets and blazers for formal occasions. We suggest poplin shirts for: formal occasions, for everyday business looks, and for ceremonies.


Satin is soft and smooth fabric that drapes beautifully.  The large interlacing’s in the fabric creates the smooth and glossy surface on this fabric. This distance also causes Satin to snag easily, and makes it less durable than other fabrics. The weave is most classically used with silk thread, though it can also be used with other materials. Satin shirts work well under a jacket or in informal night-time settings.


The Dobby weave is created using small geometric patterns that repeat throughout the fabric. Solid colored Dobby shirts tend to have a faint stripe or dotted patterns woven in the same color as the base cloth. This slightly weighted fabric became popular in the 1950's, its uniquely patterned nature and hard-to-wrinkle structure proving to be an excellent choice for workwear shirts.


Twill is a popular weave that is easily recognizable by its characteristic diagonal ribbed texture.  Twill fabrics are soft, thick and resistant to creases. Twill doesn’t give the same “crisp” look that freshly pressed poplin can, but it’s relatively easy to iron and resistant to wrinkles. Twill shirts work well for situations that call for smart informal clothing.We suggest a twill shirt for: great everyday shirts from business to travel.


Herringbone is an ancient variation of the twill weave. It is characterized by a distinctive V shape weave which gives the fabric the appearance of a fish skeleton.In addition to adding style to a shirt, herringbone’s zigzag construction also adds strength and durability.Herringbone fabrics drapes well and are easy to iron. Pair your Herringbone shirt with a sharp suit for an elegant event or dark denims for a dressed-down affair.We suggest Herringbone shirts for: business dress occasions, and casual occasions when you want to add detail to your look.


Yet another variation of Twill, the Houndstooth pattern is made from weaving two threads over and two threads under the warp. When applied to shirts, the pattern makes for an interesting style for semi-formal and casual styles.


Linen is fabric that is cool and perfect for summer. It is light and smooth, making the finished fabric lint-free, which gets softer with every wash. Linen also tends to wrinkle more easily than cotton and generally feels much more relaxed because of this.


Chambray is a work wear poplin or broadcloth.  Chambray is soft, shiny, thin, light weight cotton that looks similar to denim.  It's a great alternative to shirt weight denim that has the same color variation.Since Chambray is lighter in weight, it's a good option for when you want to look sharp but feel cool. Pair it with an outfit that can go from the board-room to the bar. We suggest a chambray shirt for: summer/fall workwear.


The Fil-à-Fil or End-on-End Giza fabric is woven with threads in two different colors for a subtly irregular, yet richer texture. It is a light, thin and comfortable fabric suitable for solid shirts. Fil-a-Fil shirts match well with a proper suit but also go with a pair of khakis, making them a good choice to pick all year long.


Denim is type casted as exclusively jeans fabric however it can also be used to make classy shirts. Denim is manufactured using a twill fabric that creates the two-tone look. It is a sturdy and coarse cloth, often dyed with indigo. Denim shirts, however, are softer and lighter than jeans, and work very well for a number of occasions. Lighter shades work well in the day, while darker denims shirts can be worn for dressier events in the evening.We suggest Denim shirts for: Fall and winter casual looks.


Jacquard fabrics are made using complex weaving techniques using a mix of different weaves making the possibilities of patterns innumerable. The fabric itself is fairly sturdy and heavy, resulting in a crease-free look throughout the day. We suggest Jacquard shirts for: any occasion to promote your personal style!


A combination of cotton and lycra lends added stretch to this dobby weave. The stretchiness of the fabric lends perfectly to slim-fit shirts.


End-on-end broadcloths are popular dress shirt fabric. This fabric appears to be a true solid color from a distance, but it has more dimensions up-close. It is a great alternative to standard poplin to add some variety in dressing shirt options. We suggest End-on-End shirts for: business dress occasions.