Below is our shirt fabric guide to help you understand the many different weaves of traditional men’s shirts. Here we provide a definitive shirt weave overview. This includes a clear image of the actual fabric plus a weave construction diagram for your easy understanding. The weave is the way in which the threads of cotton called warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) are woven together to make a fabric. Different weaving techniques create different fabric properties. By understanding the different fabric weaves you can find the ideal dress shirt fabric for your needs.