A delicate, sheer fabric, often layered or worn over another fabric. Similar to a chiffon/tulle combination and popular for skirts, sleeves, backs, and overlays.
Organza fabric is typically made from a plain weave nylon, polyester or silk blend. The fabric is woven loosely which allows for the cloth to appear translucent. The looser the weave, the more sheer the fabric will be.
Each type of organza is made from different materials depending on their country of origin. Italian and French organzas are usually sturdier and include nylon blended in with the silk. Organza from China is made from 100% silk. If you find an organza made in India or the United States you will find a mixture of nylon and polyester which makes a more cost effective and smoother texture organza.
One of the most common places you will find organza is in sheer curtains for the home. It’s stiffness and resiliency makes it a good, long term investment for the home.
When it comes to attire, organza is a well loved, long standing staple in formal gowns. Organza is a fantastic material to use to create full skirts that fall gracefully and create attractive lines. Skirts are often overlayed with organza to create depth illusions.
Probably the most common usage of organza is in wedding gowns. There are literally hundreds of different bridal gowns containing organza. Each dress has its own character.