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What is "Organdy" - Definition & Explanation

Organdy or organdie is the sheerest cotton cloth made. Combed yarns contribute to its appearance. Its sheerness and crispness are the result of an acid finish on greige (unbleached) lawn goods. Because of its stiffness and fiber content, it is very prone to wrinkling.
A thin, transparent and very lightweight fabric of very stiff but fine cotton cloth.
Plain cotton made with tightly twisted yarns. Crispness is due to a finish with starch and calendaring which washes out, or a permanent crispness obtained with chemicals (Heberlein process). Organdy wrinkles badly unless given a wrinkle-free finish (bellmanizing). May be bleached, dyed, printed, frosted, flocked, embroidered, or plisse.
A stiffened, sheer, lightweight plain weave fabric, with a medium to high yarn count. End-uses include blouses, dresses, and curtains/draperies.
A thin, very stiff, lightweight, plain weave fabric usually of cotton or cotton blends. It is often treated to make the crisp finish permanent. Used for apparel trim such as collars and cuffs, evening wear, dresses, curtains.
A variety of cotton with a thin, stiff and transparent effect.
A very fine transparent muslin with a stiff finish. Some has lappet, swivel, or flocked designs. Made with tightly twisted yarns. Crispness is due to a finish with starch and calendering which washes out, or a permanent crispness obtained with chemicals (Heberlein process). Wrinkles badly unless given a wrinkle-free finish (bellmanizing). May be bleached, dyed, printed, frosted, flocked, embroidered, or plisse.
A crisp, transparent fabric finish made from cotton.

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