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Colour Matching & Fabric Samples Service

Colour Matching Service by post
Request Fabric Samples by post
Order Fabric Samples online
Our Cravats, Ties, Bow-Ties, Pocket Squares and Sashes can be made-to-order using any colour from our amazing range of Silk Dupion colours, to co-ordinate with or complement any colour or wedding theme.

We find that Bridesmaid Dresses are the most popular item for our products to be colour-matched with, so bear in mind we can match them to just about any colour you can imagine, for a completely co-ordinated look!

Cravat in 'Claret' silk, matched to the colour of the bridesmaids dress!

Cravat in 'Claret' silk, matched to the colour of the bridesmaids dress!

Swatch of Claret, silk colour ref:24/121
We think it's important to see the true colour and appearance of a fabric when you are making decisions with a view to having bespoke items made to match your wedding colour theme.

Therefore we offer our Fabric Sample Service so that you can see the true colours of the actual fabrics for yourself before you confirm your order.

There are three options for Colour Matching and/or Fabric Samples:


OPTION A:   Post us a colour sample for matching...

If you are looking for a match to a specific colour that you have already chosen (such as your wedding colour theme or bridesmaid dress colour) then the most efficient method of us finding the best colour match is for you to post to us a sample of the colour/fabric which you are searching for.

Then, we use your actual fabric sample to compare with fabrics from the many ranges we have available to us (not just the range of colours shown on this website) and we will post to you swatches of the best colour matches that we can find.

We have a much greater chance of success in finding a match if we have a sample of the colour from you.

All you need to do is print the request form via the link below, attach your colour sample, add a Stamped Addressed Envelope (UK only*) and post it to us. Then we will compare your sample against our silks and post back to you swatches of the best colour match or selection of closest matches for your approval, all prior to you placing your order.

  • You can send us more than one colour to match if you wish.
  • If you send items for us to colour-match such as dress straps etc., we will ensure those items are returned to you along with your swatches. If you send larger items through the post please ensure you include a sufficient amount of return postage plus the appropriate return packaging.
  • If you cannot see the colour you require on the colour charts that appear on this website, please still send us a sample of your colour as we have many other fabric ranges available to us from which we might be able to find a match for you.



Click here for printable Colour-Matching/Fabric Sample Request Form


*Sending us a colour sample from outside the UK:
If you are sending colour samples for matching from countries outside the UK, you will not be able to include a stamped addressed envelope for posting your swatches back to you, so to pay the 2.00 airmail fee please click this Add to Basket link. After completing the payment process, you will receive a confirmation email with an order reference number. Please include this number with your colour sample so we can identify your colour-matching request. Thank you!

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OPTION B:   Request fabric swatches by post...

If you simply want to order a few swatches (fabric samples) from the colour ranges shown on this website, to see certain shades/fabrics for yourself before placing your order, we will, on request, post swatches of our fabrics to you up to a maximum of 8 colours per request.*

We do not charge for options A and B but we do require that you include a Stamped Addressed Envelope along with your request, for the return of your swatches.

*If requesting fabric samples from outside the UK, please use the online Option C.


Click here for printable Colour-Matching/Fabric Sample Request Form


Post your request for colour-matching or fabric samples/swatches, plus your SAE, to:

Colour Matching Service
The Cravat Company Ltd
PO BOX 8257
Send us your colour sample for matching...... When requesting swatches by post, (Option B), be sure to list the swatches that you require (stating each colour name and reference number please).

Remember to include a C5 or DL size envelope (affix a 1st or 2nd class stamp) for your S.A.E.

For your SAE, a C5 (162 x 229cm) or DL (110 x 220mm) envelope stamped with either a 1st or 2nd class stamp is sufficient for posting your swatches to you.


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OPTION C:  Order fabric swatches online...

We post fabric samples not only within the UK but worldwide. Order them online here.


Please ensure you enter both the
of each colour:



Fabric Sample 1:
Fabric Sample 2:
Fabric Sample 3:
Fabric Sample 4:
Fabric Sample 5:
Fabric Sample 6:
Fabric Sample 7:
Fabric Sample 8:

First, make a note of the colours you require from our fabric Colour Charts, then please use the online order-form opposite to order your selection of fabric samples, up to 8 colours per request.
As with Options A and B, we don't charge for these fabric samples, but using this online option a 2.00 postage charge will be added at checkout.
Please select the First Class Post option or Airmail option depending on destination.

The 2.00 postage & packing charge is to cover the costs of sending the samples you have requested to you by land mail or airmail, depending on destination.
You will need a credit or debit card to pay.

The Add-To-Basket button opposite will add the samples you have chosen to your shopping basket, then continue to the Checkout to complete your order.

* Please enter both the Name AND Reference Number of each colour swatch as this will help our samples team deal with your swatch request swiftly. Thank you!
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Please Note:
Your Fabric Samples will be dispatched quickly, within 1 to 4 days of receiving your request either online or in the post, with those timescales being dependant on the volume of requests we are receiving at that time. The majority are dispatched by the next working day. All fabric samples (swatches) that are requested are posted using 1st class post or Airmail.


Important note about fabric samples - BATCH SHADE VARIATION

It is a fact that in the dyeing of fabrics (as with any materials subject to any dyeing process) shade differences can occur between dye-lots (or batches) of the same colour.
In industry, this is known as 'batch-to-batch shade variation'.
Because of the unavoidable time-lapse between you receiving your sample fabric/colour swatches and receiving the finished order, we cannot guarantee that the items you order will be cut from the same roll or batch (dye-lot) of fabric to that of the swatches or samples that we have sent to you, and you may see a shade difference.

For the same reason, if you plan to order a number of items, we strongly advise ordering
them all at the same time which will ensure they are all made from the exact
same piece, batch or dye-lot of fabric.


A note about Handwoven Raw Silk Dupion:
Silk is a unique fibre that has a special affinity to dye, producing a richness and variety of colour that can not be reproduced in other fabrics. As a natural fibre there may be certain irregularities or variations in shade or weave and these are characteristics of this handwoven silk.

Garment Care and Cleaning
Items made from silk fabric require special care. Great care should be taken when cleaning and all instructions supplied and included with each finished order should be followed closely.


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