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Unread 04-24-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Looking for fabric advice

I am basically attempting a Chinese dragon for a festival. http://images.hellokids.com/_uploads...source_dhe.jpg There is an example of the type I am trying to make. I am looking for some suggestions on what kind of fabric to use. It needs to be flow but also needs to be solid bright colours. This time I don't think I can use the usual broad cloth that I usually get.

Also which would be the better place to get said fabric: Lens Mills or Fabricland?
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Unread 04-24-2012, 11:48 AM   #2
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Have you considered nylon? I'm not sure what the typical fabric for Chinese dragons is, but it's often used in windsocks and kites and the like, so it'll hold up to motion, is lightweight, and has a decent fluidity. Not sure about its availability in brick-and-mortar stores in specific colours, but I know Dharma Trading sells a PFD version (as well as the acid dyes to colour it with).
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Have you considered nylon? I'm not sure what the typical fabric for Chinese dragons is, but it's often used in windsocks and kites and the like, so it'll hold up to motion, is lightweight, and has a decent fluidity. Not sure about its availability in brick-and-mortar stores in specific colours, but I know Dharma Trading sells a PFD version (as well as the acid dyes to colour it with).
That is a good idea. My only concern with nylon is that it might not hold up well with wind if it's a windy day. I will look into nylon for the head and tail segments for sure, thanks for the suggestion.
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You can get a material called ripstop nylon, which has reinforcing threads in the weave that makes it resistant to fraying or unraveling. It's used frequently for kites, and some flags.
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