Fabric Consistency

In order to ensure that lighting characteristics are consistent from one year to the next, Matthews Studio Equipment, Inc. always purchases fabrics from the same supplier – not the cheapest…

You can be certain that the ligth transmission and reflectance values of the sewing products offered by Mathews will be the same from lot to lot, month to month and year to year.

The following descriptions include fabric specficiations for the majority of Matthews Textiles, including definitions as to their primary use. Should you have any question regarding our textiles please contact your Matthews Account Manager.

BOBINETT

Single, Double, Black, White, and Lavender Matthews nets come with varying properties. Black Bobinett in it sisngle form will reduce light intensity without changing the color temperature of your shoot, with twice that as a double. White Bobinett will reduce the direct light in your shoot and soften that effect by introducing ambient bounce, with again twice that effect as a double. Both White and Black Bobinett are treated to be flame retardant, and the doubles are sewn by the industry technique to eliminate a moire pattern that may adversely affect your shot. Available in almost any size you want and can be purchased by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Single Scrim – Black 24′ 0.6 Stops Green Flame Retardant Reduction of light intensity without changing pattern or color temperature.
Single Scrim – White 24′ 0.5 Stops White Flame Retardant Reduction of direct light, but softens effect by introducing ambient bounce.
Double Scrim – Black 24′ 1.2 Stops Red Flame Retardant Greater reduction of light intensity without changing pattern or color temperature.
Double Scrim – White 24′ 1.0 Stops White Flame Retardant Greater reudction of direct light, but softens effect by introducing ambient bounce.
Triple Scrim – Black 24′ 1.8 Stops Blue Flame Retardant Greatest reduction of light intensity wihtout changing pattern or color temperature. Could project a moire pattern.

SILKS

Matthews offers three types of silk in both White and Black: Artificial Silk, China Silk, and 1/4 Stop Silk. Whilte the properties of each vary, they all have essentially the same purpose, whcih is to be used for medium diffusion at varying degrees. White Artificial Sillk offers the most diffusion at a light loss of 1.6 stops with a significant amount of ambient bounce (its counter, Black Silk offers no ambient bounce). China Silk is 1 stop light loss and 1/4 Stop Silk is about 0.6 stops light loss. The safety characteristics of each of these silks vary per the table below. Available in any size you want and can be purchased by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Artificial Silk – White 60″ 1.6 Stops Gold Flame Retardant Softens and diffuses direct light and introduces a significant amount of ambient bounce.
Artificial Silk – Black 60″ 1.8 Stops Black Flame Retardant Softens and diffuses direct light without introducing ambient bounce.
1/4 Stop Silk – White 118″ 0.6 Stops White Self Extinguishing Slightly softens and diffuses light, without much reduction of light intensity. Introduces a significant amount of ambient bounce.
1/4 Stop Silk – Black 118″ 0.7 Stops Black Self Extinguishing Slightly softens and diffuses light. Does not introduce ambient bounce.
China Silk – White 54″ 1.0 Stops Black Not Treated Softens light wihtout a great reduction of intensity. Indroduces a siginificant amount of ambient bounce.
China Silk – Black 54″ 1.0 Stops Black Not Treated Softens light without a great reduction of intensity.

LAME

The Matthews Lames are ultra soft reflectors treated to be a self-extinguishing fabric that will give you a subtle reflective bounce. While both fabrics brighten your shot without being harsh, gold lames will give you a warmer effect. Lames are also available in a checkerboard pattern which offers the benefit of the punch of silver fabric along with the wwarmth of the gold. Available in any size you want and can be purcahsed by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Silver Lame 54″ N/A White Self Extinguishing Ultra soft reflector.
Gold Lame 54″ N/A White Self Extinguishing Ultra soft reflector with warming effect.
Checkerboard Lame N/A N/A White Self Extinguishing A soft reflector in a Silver and Gold checkerboard pattern, which adds a slight warming effect to the reflected light.

GRID CLOTH

Matthews offers three types of Grid Cloths from standard Grid Cloth to Lite to 1/4, and of course, Silent Grid Cloth to Silent Lite to Silent 1/4. Many users will prefer to use Silent Grid Cloth outside on a windy day to cut down extraneous noice. Matthews grid Cloths are available in 54″ width fabric and are treated to be self-extinguishing. Available in any size you want and can be purchased by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Grid Cloth 54″ 2.6 Stops White Self Extinguishing Heavy diffusion of light. Introduces a considerable amount of ambient bounce.
Light Grid Cloth 54″ 2.0 Stops White Self Extinguishing Medium diffusion of light. Introduces a considerable amount of ambient bounce.

MATTHFLECTOR

Matthflectors are similar to both Grifflectors and Lames in that they will give you a reflective bounce, however, the effect is not subtle. Silver Matthflectors will provide a hard reflection. Available in any size you want and can be purchased by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Silver Matthflector 54″ N/A White Not Treated Hard reflector.

GRIFFOLYN

Don’t be fooled by our competitor’s products! Matthews is the only company in the industry to carry Griffolyn approved by the inventory of the diffusion. It comes in three combinations of black and white to give you either soft, shiny, or flat reflection. See below for the types and properties of each. Available in any size you want and can be purchased either by the yard or the square foot.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Griffolyn – Black/White T55 12′-20′ N/A White Not Treated Shiny white reflector on one side, shiny black on the other.
Griffolyn – Black/White T90 12′-20′ N/A White Not Treated Soft white reflector on one side, flat black on the other.
Griffolyn – White/White T55 12′-20′ N/A White Not Treated Flat white reflector on both sides.

MUSLINS

Muslins come both in Bleached and Unbleached, and in the case of the 12’x12′ through 20’x20′ sizes, you can purchase an overhead/butterfly with or without seams. A bleached muslin (shown here) is a flat reflector whereas an unbleached muslin is a warm white reflector. Both can be used for bouncing a soft light or as a very soft diffusion type of textile. Available in any size you want and can be purchased either by the yard or bolt.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Bleached Muslin 108″-204″ N/A White Flame Retardant Flat white reflector. Can also be used for heavy diffusion of light.
Unbleached Muslin 108″-204″ N/A White Flame Retardant Warm white reflector. Can also be used for heavy diffusion of light.

CHROMAKEY AND DIGITAL BLUE/GREEN SCREEN

Chromakey and Digital Blue and Green Screens are what make up our new Blue/Green Screen products. Purchased separately with the black foam backing that eradicates nearly all lgiht leakage. Matthews customers may also purcahse Blue/Green Screen back-to-back for double the use as well as blue or green single-sided screens in either Chromakey or Digital. Available in any size you want and can be purchased by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Blue Screen 60″ N/A Blue Self Extinguishing Used for Chromakey/Digital background.
Green Screen 60″ N/A Green Self Extinguishing Used for Chromakey/Digital background.

SILENT FROSTS AND HI-LITES

Silent Frosts will give you a soft, slightly diffused light with no ambient bounce, creating a light soft glow that’s perfect for outside shoots as its is virtually noiseless in the wind and holds it properties even in we weather. Matthews Hi-lites are the best in the business, giving you soft diffusion similar to Silent Frosts yet with the option of being either welded or sewn. Both of these products are available in any size you want and can be purchased by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Hi-Lite Silent Frost 55″ N/A White Flame Retardant Slightly diffuse light, no ambient bounce and does not create any wind noise.
Silent Frost 48″ N/A White Flame Retardant Slightly diffuse light, no ambient bounce and does not create any wind noise.

GRIFFLECTOR

Similar to Lames, Grifflectors are also soft reflectors just not quite as soft. Available in any size you want and can be purchased either by the yard or bolt.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Silver Grifflector 54″ N/A White Not Treated Soft reflector.

MATTHBOUNCE

Matthbounce is a dual fabric that will give you a soft, even bounce on the white side with no hot spot, and a counter to that a flat non-reflective back side. Like many of our other textile products, Matthbounce is treated with a flame retardant for safer use and is available in any size you require.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Matthbounce 60″ N/A White Flame Retardant Soft bounce on the white side with a flat non-reflective black side.

SOLIDS AND WET SOLIDS

SOLIDS: The solid, also known as Duvetyne, is the heaviest fabric offered and will giv eyou 100% total light loss, impenetrable by unwanted light. Treated to be flame retardant as are many of Matthews textiles, solids are available in any size you want and can be purchased by the yard.
WET SOLIDS: “Let it rain!!!” Matthews Wet Solid Fabric will not only block out the light, it will also protect your talent and equipment from the elements. Sewn to all standard sizes as well as custom sizes. “Let it pour!!!”
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Solid 54″ 100% Black Flame Retardant Blocks 100% of the light.
Wet Solid 54″ 100% Black Flame Retardant Blocks 100% of the light.

LIGHTBOX DIFFUSION

Matthews also provides lightbox diffusion for those instances requiring even diffusion. Avaialble in any size you require and can be purchased by the yard.
Fabric Fabric
Width
Approx
Light Loss
Webbing
Color
Safety Primary Use
Lightbox Diffusion 58″ N/A Yellow Not Treated Broad even diffusion.