I am not a native English speaker, and I would like to know how do you read “1/4 satin”?

Is it pronounced as one-by-four satin or as one-to-four satin when read out?

Please note that this use is related to the binding structure of textiles.

For instance, in the following texts: It is observed that when the weave is changed from 4 / 1 satin to 1 / 4 satin , the average warp tensions at shedding and beaten-up increase.


  • Are you sure it is 1/4? If it is the normal notation about the weave, it would be an odd number of at least 5. My friend who weaves called it 'one in five' but I have no answer to the other details.
    – Willeke
    Mar 17 '18 at 10:36

It would be referred to as "1 in 4" satin and refers to the weave pattern. 4/1 satins would be warp faced twills and 1/4 satins would be weft faced twills.

Pattern image of different twills

For more information on this you can read all about it at https://www.textileschool.com/articles/125/twill-weaves


it is a fraction or ratio .. 1 out of 4 threads are satin

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    As satin is a way to weave, it is impossible to have one out of four threads in Satin (as you could have in cotton or some such.) So this 'answer' makes no sense.
    – Willeke
    Feb 24 '18 at 14:11

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