Barathea is a soft fabric, with a hopsack twill weave giving a surface that is lightly pebbled or ribbed. The yarns used cover various combinations of wool, silk and cotton. Worsted barathea (made with a smooth wool yarn) is often used for evening coats, such as dress coats, dinner jackets, and military uniforms,in black and midnight blue. Silk barathea, either all silk, or using cotton weft and silken warp, is widely used in the necktie industry.
Mohair threads are added to wool to give a very sober lustre to this barathea, making it both fresh and crease resistant. The intense, nocturnal colours add a touch of nonchalance and are simultaneously an expression of composure and dynamism. For evening wear, as a dinner suit par excellence with its unique drape, it is suggested in midnight blue to add a touch of sophisticated distinction.