What is Pique fabric? (And How do you Pronounce It?)

Log of Gensler Gardens of Loves Park, IL embroidered on pique fabric

What is Pique Fabric?

Whether you realize it or not, you are most likely familiar with pique fabric. Put simply, pique is a knit-construction fabric characterized by a geometric pattern texture which is created by raised cords. If that’s too technical for you, notice the pictures in this article. Take a close look at the blue fabric pattern surrounding the Gensler Garden’s logo. You’ll notice this fabric looks a bit like honeycomb when viewed up close. You’ll see polos constructed with this type of fabric everywhere.  Check out the video on this page to learn more.

How Do You Pronounce Pique?

Pique is pronounced (pee-kay) when in reference to fabric. Although spelled the same, the pronunciation is different from “pique” as in this sentence: he made remarks to pique their curiosity.

Why is Pique Fabric so Popular?

Pique fabrics add subtle interest and texture to a garment and are typically easy to care for. The waffle-like construction also breathes well. Since it is simply a form of fabric construction, pique garments are found in a variety of fiber contents, including polyester, cotton, and blended fabrics.

woman and man holding golf clubs and wearing Nike pique polos

Is Pique Fabric Good for Summer?

Yes, it’s great for summer! Pique fabric has more loft than flat knit fabric, which means it has less contact with the skin. This makes it feel lighter and more comfortable in the heat compared to other fabrics. Also, the waffle-like construction of pique knit breathes very well. Breathability allows heat and moisture to escape which creates a cooling feeling.

Pique knit is a popular fabric for golf shirts or polos. Pique polos are the perfect garment for the summer and a staple of company wardrobes. Do you have office work in the morning and a tee time with a client in the afternoon? You’ll be comfortable for all your activities in a pique polo.

A custom embroidered pique polo ensures a polished look for your brand while keeping you cool and comfortable in the summer heat.

Types of Pique Fabric

Although pique knits in general are considered durable, the fibers used and tightness of the construction contribute to the extent of durability. Tighter knit construction causes fabric holes to be smaller than traditional pique, and may be called baby pique or micropique. This construction can add features such as snag resistance to a garment. Polyester fibers, being highly resistant to fading and shrinking, are being used more in pique polos.

If this article has piqued your interest in pique polos, please swing by our shop and see the variety of samples we have on display. (sorry, I couldn’t resist) As the garment experts, we’d be happy to direct you to the fabric and garment that best fits your needs – whether you pronounce it correctly or not.

closeup photo of orange pique fabric