Braiding produces an elastic which is generally heavier than knitted and will not "run". Unlike its woven counterpart, it does narrow when stretched, and is not as durable in its construction, however, it is available at a lower cost. Our flat elastic braids are made primarily from cotton or polyester, and are available in sizes ranging from 3/16" to 1" in width. Wider braid for belts, etc. (both elastic and non-elastic), is custom produced in widths up to 3" and greater. Black, White, and an assortment of colors are available. The yarn used for braiding will be determined by the requirements of the materials end use, as well as the issue of cost. Polyester is the least expensive. Cotton braids are softer, more absorbent, and are often preferred in premium applications such as swimwear. Cotton also can be dyed.