plain weave


the most common and tightest of basic weave structures in which the filling threads pass over and under successive warp threads and repeat the same pattern with alternate threads in the following row, producing a checkered surface.

Origin of plain weave

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plain weave

  • In two Chincha plain-weave cloths, as in the Nazca patchworks, the warps of two colors meet on the skeleton weft.

  • One hundred twelve cloths in the plain-weave group were measured.

  • Three very familiar needle techniques occur on the Chincha plain-weave cloths.

  • This results in plain-weave variations of two-by-one, or semibasket weave, and two-by-two, or basket weave.