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Little girl in an organdy dress. Circa 1900. Valencian Museum of Ethnology collection.

Organdy or organdie is the sheerest and crispest cotton cloth made.[1] Combed yarns contribute to its appearance.


Organdy is a balanced plain weave.[2] Because of its stiffness and fiber content, it is very prone to wrinkling. Organza is the filament yarn counterpart to organdy.


Its sheerness and crispness are the result of an acid finish on greige (unbleached or grey/beige) lawn goods.

It comes in three types of finishes: "Stiff" is most commonly used, but "semi-stiff" and "soft" finishes are also available. The latter two finishes are more popular for summer wear and draped apparel whereas the first is more popular for loose apparel and home textiles such as dresses and curtains.

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  1. ^ Le Van, Marthe (2009). Stitched Jewels: Jewelry That's Sewn, Stuffed, Gathered & Frayed, p. 10. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
  2. ^ Nielson, Karla J. (2007). Interior Textiles: Fabrics, Application, & Historic Style, p. 74. John Wiley and Sons.


  • Tortora, Phyllis (2006). Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles 7th Edition. Fairchild. p. 396. ISBN 0-87005-707-3.