Denier is a measurement that majority of the people are not familiar with in North America. I knew what it means from an early age, but I guess there is always more to learn.
Recently I bought a pair of fishnets that said “40 den”. I was kind of surprised that fishnets would indicate that. On the other hand, many other cheaper brands stopped indicating denier all together.
Here is a good answer from HosieryNovelties on Twitter.
The deniers define at 1st the weight of the yarn, and only indirectly the sheerness, that’s why. It’s 1 den if 9,000 meters of yarn weight 1 gram. Every yarn has a weight, including those used for fishnets. The heavier the yarn, the more opaque the hosiery tends to be. That’s why I said the mark of sheerness is only indirect. Note, weight and opacity don’t always go together. There are sheer pantyhose with high deniers.
I thought it was a very good point, so I decided to share it with you. Weave of hosiery for sure also plays a big role.
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