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Skirt made from organza
Organza bag protecting a plant.

Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk. Many modern organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon. Silk organza is woven by a number of mills along the Yangtze River and in the province of Zhejiang in China. A coarser silk organza is woven in the Bangalore area of India. Deluxe silk organzas are woven in France and Italy.[1] Organza is distinguished by its crisp hand, stiffness relative to weight, and slippery surface texture.

Organza is used for bridalwear and eveningwear. Sometimes, it is used as a hidden structural element. Beginning in the 1980s, trends shifted and organza began seeing more use in day-to-day clothing. In the interiors market, it is used for effects in bedrooms and between rooms. Double-width organzas in viscose and acetate are used as sheer curtains.[citation needed]

The term may derive from French organsin, ultimately from the Central Asian city of Urgench, the midpoint of the Northern Silk Road.[2]

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  1. ^ Angela Cartwright (1 November 2007). Mixed Emulsions: Altered Art Techniques for Photographic Imagery. Beverly, Mass.: Quarry Books. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-59253-369-5. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  2. ^ Adshead, S. (July 29, 2004). T'ang China: The Rise of the East in World History. Springer. p. 179. ISBN 9780230005518 – via Google Books.

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