It is a woven fabric that have high resistance to ripping or tearing implemented in the structure by reinforcement or ripstop yarns. It is usually plain weave and the ripstop yarns are usually coarser and stronger than the other yarns in the fabric and woven at regular intervals in both warp and weft.
The purpose of the ripstop yarns can be achieved by weaving two or three yarns at the same time to stop the spreading of the rupture in the fabric.
The use of the ripstop fabric can be in light fabrics where high durability is required such as sportswear, outdoor trousers, ski wear, active sportswear, sleeping bags, kites, flags, rainwear, hot air balloons and parachutes. It also can be used for heavy fabrics for extreme durability as in luggage and tents.
– Janet Wilson, Classic and Modern Fabrics The complete illustrated sourcebook, 2010, Thames & Hudson.
– Phyllis G. Tortora and Robert S. Merkel, Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles 7th Edition, 2007, Fairchild.