The softness of a fabric is demonstrated by how smooth and supple it feels to the touch.

The degree of softness in a fabric can be affected by many factors; the quality of its yarn and also the weaving and finishing processes used to produce it.

Fabric can also undergo a softening process. Softness can be enhanced either by applying chemical softening agents or by putting the fabric through a mechanical process such as calendering, which smooths and flattens the fabric.