Ultimate Vegan Fabrics List: Is Sherpa-Fleece-Velvet Vegan?

Different lifestyles influence the type of clothing and fabrics one will wear. That is the great thing about having a little freedom and freedom to choose. People get to wear what they want in accordance with their chosen lifestyle.

Is sherpa vegan? Fleece is usually considered vegan while sherpa is a type of fleece so it should be considered that as well. Velvet depends on what fabric was used to make it. It can be both vegan and non-vegan fabric.

To learn which fabrics are or are not vegan-friendly just continue to read our article. it comes with an easy to read table to give you the best idea possible which fabrics are best for your vegan family members or friends.

Is Fabric Vegan?

Not all fabrics are considered vegan or vegan friendly. Usually, those materials made from animal furs, skin, or worms are not considered vegan. This does limit the selection of materials a vegan sewer can use when they do their own sewing projects. But as you will soon see vegans still have a long list of materials to work with.

What are Vegan Fabrics?

Vegan fabrics are those materials that do not have their source in animals or any animal products were used in its construction, growth, or maintenance. For example, cotton will be seen as non-vegan as its processes may contain animal products even though it comes from a plant.

Organic cotton is seen as vegan because no animal products were involved in any of its processes. Also, many vegans refuse to wear clothing made from wool, silk, or similar fibers because the animals producing those fibers were exploited and not treated in the manner the vegan thinks it should be.

List of vegan fabrics

Fabric Description
Acrylic a synthetic fiber
Aertex a trademark name for loosely woven cotton
Baize a bright green material resembling felt
Bamboo an in between fabric made from grass and considered vegan
Batiste plain weave cotton or linen fabric
Broadcloth when made from synthetic materials
Buckram material used for book binding
Bunting material used for flags
Calico plainf woven material made from unbleached cotton
Cambric/Chambray finely woven white linen
Canvas heavy cloth closely woven
Challis lightweight fabric and when made from synthetic materials
Chenille heavy fabric usually made into cords
Chiffon when made from synthetic materials
Chino twilled cotton used for uniforms
Chintz a glazed cotton
Cord cut piled fabric having ribs
Cotton and its other versions made from cotton plant
Crepe when made from synthetic materials
Cretonne when made from hemp or linen
Damask when made from the right materials
Diaper when made from the right materials
Duck heavy plain weave cotton
Elastic made from synthetic materials
Faille when made from the right materials
Fiber leatherlike material made from paper or cloth
Flannelette when made from cotton
Fleece when made from synthetic materials
Foulard when made from silk like fibers
Gabardine when made from the right materials
Gingham a light plaid weave fabric
Grosgrain when made from silk like materials
Jersey when made from synthetic materials
Khaki made from cotton or linen
Lame has metal threads interwoven throughout it
Leatherette faux leather
Linen from the flax plant
Lint made from cotton or linen with a raised nap
Mackintosh rubberized material that is light weight
Madras, Marseille from cotton
Moleskin from cotton with a velvet texture
Monk’s cloth heavy basket weave cloth from cotton
Moquette velvery texture and made from synthetics
Mouseeline de sole when made from synthetic materials
Muslin plain woven cotton
Nankeen from cotton
Ninon made from nylon or rayon
Nylon made from chemicals and petrol;eum products
Oilcloth made with synthetic materials
Organdie made from muslin
Organza made from silk like materials
Orlon made from acrylic fibers
Percale made from cotton
Pilot cloth used for overcoats
Pique raised cords on this tightly woven fabric
Plush when made from synthetic fibers
Polyester made from chemicals and petroleum products
Pongee when made from imitation fibers
Rayon made from synthetic fibers and wood chips
Sateen made from cotton
Satin when made from synthetic fibers
Screening metal or plastic mesh
Scrim made from flax or cotton
Seersucker puckered cotton fabric
Shag when made from synthetic materials
Shantung when made from cotton
Spandex made from petroleum products and chemicals
Sponge cloth when made from vegan fabrics
Taffeta when made from synthetic fibers
Tappa made from paper
Tapestry when made from the correct threads
Toweling when made from vegan approved fibers
Ultra suede faux suede
Velcro made from nylon
Velour made from synthetic fibers
Velvet when made from the right materials
Velveteen same as above
Viscose a form of rayon
Voile made from cotton, linen and polyester materials
Wire cloth made from metal wire

What Materials Can Vegans Not Wear?

Technically, vegans can wear just about any fabric they want. They just choose to limit their materials to materials made in a specific way. But generally, vegans avoid any fabrics that are made from animals, exploited animals, or animal products.

The term cruelty-free is interchangeable with the word vegan and doe snot mean the same as it does for the beauty industry. Usually, fabrics are not tested on animals thus the term cruelty-free does not really apply to this aspect of veganism.

The tough question for vegans is do they wear clothing made by a company that also makes beauty products, etc., and tests those products on animals?

List of Non-Vegan Fabrics

Non Vegan fabrics Reason
Aba made from goats or camel hair
Alpaca wool made from the alpaca animal
Brocade made from silk
Camel hair made from camel hair
Camlet made from silk or camel hair
Cashmere made from the cashmere goat
Cerecloth or alter cloth shroud material made with wax
Doeskin made from wool
Duffel made from wool
Felt when made from non vegan fabrics
Flannel when made from wool
Frieze made from wool
Georgette made from silk
Grogam made from silk
Hair cloth made from horse hair or camel hair
Horse hair made from horse hair
Leather made from a variety of animal hides
Lisle made from lisle thread
Mackinaw made from wool
Mohair made from the angora goat hair
Moire made from silk
Moreen made from wool
Motley made from wool
Paisley made from wool
Permanent press clothes when made from animals etc
Russett made from wool
Sarcenet made from silk
Samite made from silk
Serge made from wool
Shark skin made from horses and donkeys and sometimes sharks and sting rays
Silk comes from the silkworm
Stammel made from wool
Suede & leather comes from animal hides
Swan’s down made from wool
Tammy made from wool or cotton
Tweed made from wool
Vicuna made from wool
Viyella made from wool and cotton
Wincey made from wool and cotton
Wool comes from sheep, goats and other animals
Worsted made from wool

Is Sherpa Vegan?


Normally, the answer would be yes to this question. When sherpa materials are made from polyester or synthetic fibers, cotton or acrylic and those are at 100% levels then sherpa is considered vegan.

The problem comes in when those fibers are blended with non-vegan fibers like wool and so on. That wool fiber is usually cashmere and if you look at the table above you will see that cashmere is in the one containing the fabrics vegans can’t wear.

Just check the label to see if the material used to make sherpa fabrics are 100% pure or not. The term Sherpa is used in honor of the wool-like clothing the Sherpa people in Nepal wear in the winter.

Is Fleece Vegan?

Yes, fleece is vegan even if it is made from cotton. Like Sherpa, you do have to be careful and check to see if the synthetic fibers have been blended with non-vegan fibers. Manufactures want to get rid of that artificial feel and look so they often blend fleece with natural fibers.

Also, those natural fibers help the fleece breathe better making you more comfortable at night. The key to finding vegan fleece is to look for the word fleece. if it is mentioned alone then it is most likely vegan. If it has other words next to it, then it may not be.

Finding vegan fleece can get tricky if you are not careful.

Is Velvet Vegan?


Yes and no. In our table above, we put the Vegan and non-vegan fabrics in the vegan chart. That is because it will depend on what the fabric is made of if it is going to be considered vegan or not.

So velvet fits both categories and you should ask the sales clerk what the fibers are that made the velvet material. Hopefully, they will know and not lie to you to make a sale. Velvet can be made from a variety of fibers and usually, the in-between fabrics like rayon are considered to be vegan.

That means that velvet made from rayon, bamboo, and so on should be safe for vegans to wear.

Is Cotton Vegan?

Generally yes it is. We put this fabric in the vegan chart because it does come from a plant and if no animal parts are used in its processing then it is vegan. we also said and its various forms or versions.

But be careful as some cotton materials are not considered vegan and you may have to do your homework to find out which ones those are. Canvas is a good example of this exception.

Do an online search to see for yourself which cotton variety is or is not considered vegan. Organic cotton most certainly is considered to be vegan and if you can afford it then go with that option.

Sometimes you need a road map to figure all the fabrics out and where they stand.

Is Viscose Vegan?


This is one of those in-between fabrics and since it is made from chemicals and wood chips, it is like rayon and considered vegan. And there is a but to this category of fabrics that do not find themselves in one side or the other.

If viscose is blended with a non-vegan fiber, then it is not considered vegan. Like all vegan fabrics out there, you have to check those labels to see if the clothing item, etc., is 100% viscose or a blend of a variety of fibers including non-vegan ones.

You shouldn’t go wrong with rayon, bamboo, and similar fabrics that are created through special processing and ingredients.

Is Polyamide Vegan?

Polyamide is a fancy name for a different form of plastic. This category of materials includes the most famous polyamide of all-- nylon. Since nylon is considered vegan all polyamides are considered vegan.

Many people do not like to think that they are actually wearing plastic so that material gets a fancy name. In reality basically all synthetic fibers are a form of plastic. They just have different monomers and polymers that create a different type of plastic fabric that is soft and comfortable.

Those monomers and polymers contribute to the stretchiness or lack thereof in the fabrics in which they are placed. They also help stop the fabric from shrinking on you when you wash them in your washing machine.

Is Neoprene Vegan?


Yes, neoprene is another synthetic material that is approved for and by vegans, for all vegans to wear. The reason they may not choose to wear this fabric is because of the lack of sustainability of the raw materials that go into making this product.

It is a very stretchy material that is best used in wet suits, waders, and shoes. It is close to being waterproof but nothing is 100% waterproof. One thing that any user of this material needs to watch out for is allergic reactions.

There are harmful chemicals used in making this material and some people are allergic to those chemicals. To be exact the chemical name that causes this problem is dialkyl thioureas.

Is Elastane Vegan?

Again, the answer will be in the affirmative. No matter which name it goes by, elastane or spandex, this is a man-made fabric that also uses a lot of chemicals but no animal products.

You should be able to wear any clothing with elastane in it as long as it is not blended in with those fabrics not considered to be vegan. Yet, there is one caveat to this fabric. While elastane is made from linen, cotton, polyester, and nylon, other natural fibers may be used to create this material.

There is no guarantee that those other natural materials are not from animals. Check the labels to make sure what you are getting is pure vegan fabric or not.

Is Denim Vegan?


Yes, denim is considered to be vegan friendly. We did not make a specific mention of it in the charts above as it came under the cotton and its versions section. Anyone can wear denim and make themselves look good, feel comfortable, and be able to do hard work without worry.

Because the cotton has a myriad of varieties we did not list them all in either charts. You will find fabrics listed under their regular labels and cotton may not have been mentioned in the descriptions but they are cotton.

If you want to be sure that there are no animal parts used in the creation of your cotton clothing, you may have to go to organic cotton materials. This option is said to be totally free from those products and very safe for vegans to wear.

Is Acrylic Vegan?

Yes, acrylic is vegan, and since its label starts with the letter A you should see it as the first vegan approved fabric in the top chart. Acrylic is made from synthetic materials including petroleum products, petrochemicals as well as other chemicals.

While it is a cheaper fabric to buy and has lots of colors it comes in, one must be careful about the chemicals used in its creation.

Also, acrylic is blended with natural fibers so read that label to make sure the fibers you do not want to wear are not blended in. Acrylic materials can be lightweight, very attractive, as well as very durable.

Is Spandex Vegan


Spandex and elastane are the same material. So if one is considered vegan then the other is as well. The reverse is also true. Spandex is just another name for elastane and is probably better known than that other tag.

It is easier to pronounce and people understand the purpose of that material when they hear the spandex name. As with other vegan fabrics, spandex is often blended in with non-vegan materials. There is no escaping reading that label to make sure you are getting 100% vegan fabric.

Having a specific lifestyle can make living life a lot harder than it should be. Especially when it comes time to figure out which fabrics you can and cannot wear.

Is Bamboo Vegan?

Bamboo is considered vegan and it is a good thing it is. Right now it is one of the more popular fabrics you can wear or materials you can use around your home. if it wasn’t vegan there would be a large gap in those industries that would need to be filled.

Also, this material is used to create many options of rayon, viscose, lyocell, and even modal fabrics. It is also a very good material to put on your bed. if you want to sleep well as a vegan then bamboo sheets is a great way to accomplish that goal.

Bamboo has some great properties that help you stay healthy and not trigger your asthma or allergies.

What is vegan wool made of?

One version of this unique fabric is called weganool and it's a wool substitute that looks like wool. It may also have the texture of wool but it is not that fabric. Instead, it is made from 30% calotropis and 70% cotton.

In addition to that, the calotropis plant is said to not need water. This plant helps clothing manufacturers cut down on their carbon footprint. To give you an idea of that savings, 2.2 pounds of this fake wool saves about 9,000 gallons of water.

Plus, it doesn’t shrink and is seen as very durable.

Is Felt Vegan?


This material is like velvet. It will depend on the type of material it is made from before it can be classified as vegan or non-vegan. This is another case where you have to check the label to make sure you can use it in your next sewing project or not.

Felt is used for all sorts of products so it is best if you are living the vegan lifestyle to be careful where you use this material. Felt is often used as padding so if you do not want non-vegan material in your home, you will have to be careful and check all aspects of those fabric items you want to buy.

What is the Vegan Suede Fabric?

Basically, it is faux or fake leather. This material is made out of different plastics and manufactured in a way that it feels and resembles suede or even leather. It can be as durable as real suede but without the cleaning hassle.

Vegan suede is a fake suede material that should hold up under difficult weather conditions a lot better than a real suede can.

Some Final Words

Being a vegan does not mean you have to miss out on all the good fabrics in the world. There are enough materials that you can create your own fashion style and continue to look good without spending a lot of money.

Being different does not mean you have to look different. It just means that you have to spend more time filtering through all the options available and find what fits your referred lifestyle.

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