Margilan Silk | Organza | 18g sq.m | 67cm + 95cm Wide | Metre
Woven in Margilan, one of the most ancient cities in Uzbekistan, organza is a sheer, close weave creamy-coloured fabric with a matt finish and a harsh feel. It is stiff and does not drape like chiffon or gauze and, because of its harsh feel, may be uncomfortable next to the skin.
In dressmaking, it can be used as an interfacing for collars, cuffs and plackets or when making a ruffled feature on a garment or a stiff petticoat. It can also be used as a base for embroidery or passementerie flowers.
It is ideal for for nuno felting; the fibre easily grips the open weave giving a surface texture of stiff peaks that are slightly rough to the touch. Shrinkage must be achieved using cool water, agitation and gentle throwing to maintain stiffness.
Organza will retain most of its stiffness if immersed gently in cool water and left to air dry; warm or hot water may cause it to lose its stiffness. The fabric dyes well but dyeing sometimes causes some distortion and/or shrinkage. The fabric should always be washed before cutting out a shape to be used on a washable garment. Sampling is strongly recommended before dyeing or washing a significant length of this fabric.
A few things you should know before you purchase ...
- All quoted measurements and weights are approximate;
- A consistent width is not maintained throughout the length. The narrower width varies between 67-70cm, the wider 95-100cm;
- Silk is a natural product and there will be some irregularities in the weave.